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.
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