Skip to comments.Longest lunar eclipse in 7 years expected
Posted on 08/21/2007 8:22:57 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
During the early morning hours of Aug. 28, astronomers say sky watchers around much of the world will be able to watch as the moon crosses the Earth's shadow, becoming completely immersed for nearly 90 -- a much longer period of time than occurs during most lunar eclipses.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the event will begin 3:54 a.m. EDT, Aug. 28.
The eclipse will be visible from Australia, parts of Asia and most of the Americas but not from Africa or Europe, NASA astronomers said.
The view is different from each location. In the United States, Pacific observers, including people in Hawaii, are favored with the entire event visible in the post-midnight sky. However, along the East Coast and in the Great Lakes area, totality will be cut off early by sunrise.
Thanks for posting.
“longest eclipse” is pretty silly.
First, total lunar eclipses are quite long (hours, not minutes). Unlike solar, where totality can range from seconds to less than 10 minutes, lunar eclipses are normally slow affairs.
This one is by no means a very central one. The moon is offset from the center of the earth’s shadow, making it unremarkable.
Longest “in 7 years” is also ho-hum. There are only a few visible in the US in that kind of peroid, and this is an unremarkable one among few.
A more honest headline is “another typically beautiful and interesting lunar eclipse occurs...”
Regardless, a 90 minute eclipse will allow more people to see it.
Just two weeks before the feast of Trumpets.
90 minutes is a typical length, not at all unusual.
You obviously didn’t take media training.
>> Regardless, a 90 minute eclipse will allow more people to see it. <<
At 4 in the morning? Not really. The timing, rather than the length, helps people see it. As it is, a huge portion of Americans won’t see anything at all.
(The writer must be from the West Coast; he writes as if “the Great Lakes and Northeast” isn’t substantial, when in fact those regions are 1/2 the total population.)
The moon isn’t anywhere near full or a new moon.
How can this happen?
The moon will be full, fullest, a week from now just before it goes into eclipse. The moon keeps moving and becomes full at least every month, has been doing this for a long time.
“During the early morning hours of Aug. 28, astronomers say sky watchers around much of the world will be able to watch as the moon crosses the Earth’s shadow, becoming completely immersed for nearly 90 — a much longer period of time than occurs during most lunar eclipses”
And to prove it, 'George', just look at the 'Whale's' posting history every month when he goes looney and proves that those of us to the left of Ghengis Khan are not the only ones who are on the lunatic side of the equation.
There had to be a shorter way to say that...
Starting at 3:45 AM and cut off by sunrise? I think I’ll probably miss this one.
oh next week - yes there will be a full moon
I have been out looking for the moon because of the eclipse viewing opportunity. Saw it last night, very low on the southern horizon about midnight, below treetop level. If the eclipse is visible here it might be hard to tell because at that elevation the moon is already deep orange.
Too bad the full moon will wash it out in the eastern U.S. < /snark>
Here's some interesting trivia for everyone. It is possible for there to be a month without a Full Moon turning up in it on your calendar or almanac. That month will always be February, comprised of either 28 or 29 days. The reason for this is that the Moon's synodical period (the time between consecutive Full Moons) is 29.53 days which is a greater expanse in time than the length of the month of February. It is not a common event: it will occur on average about once every 23 years.
I’m probably too far east to see it, and I certainly won’t interrupt my valuable sleep to try. A solar eclipse is much more interesting. We see the moon wax and wane every month anyway.
A story about the strangest lunar eclipse I ever saw:
I was on a trip to Yap with two friends, both navigators in the Navy. We stayed in a beach hut facing east where we watched beautiful sunrises and moon rises, as we were there in the week of the full moon. One night after dark, we went into ‘town’ for some beer and on the way home (to the beach hut) - a tedious drive over dirt roads - I looked out the car window and saw a crescent moon high in the sky. Wondering if my mind was slipping, I mentioned what I was seeing, and we all realized that we were witnessing an eclipse that none of us had knowledge of beforehand. We felt like primitive people must have felt when their moon disappeared in the middle of a night.
Shofar, so good...
Total lunar eclipse to occur on Tuesday (North and South America and South Pacific viewable)http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1886873/posts
Werewolf bump! Git yur bic shavers ready!
Totality for almost an hour and a half!
Three citations about the moon turning to blood
before the great and awesome day of the L-RD comes. ..
Joel 2:31, Acts 2:20 & Revelation 6:12
Since this one isn’t visible in the ME, I’m not going to worry too much.
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