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Longest lunar eclipse in 7 years expected
PhysOrg ^ | August 21st, 2007 | Staff

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.


TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: eclipse; lunareclipse; moon; space

1 posted on 08/21/2007 8:23:03 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Cool!


2 posted on 08/21/2007 8:29:36 AM PDT by NordP (HUNTER: "The real question for Mexico--Why are your people crossing burning deserts to get away?")
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Fascinating!


3 posted on 08/21/2007 8:29:58 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/LEmono/TLE2007Aug28/TLE2007Aug28.html


4 posted on 08/21/2007 8:30:03 AM PDT by Slicksadick (Go out on a limb........Its where the fruit is.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Thanks for posting.


5 posted on 08/21/2007 8:40:18 AM PDT by sweetiepiezer (Part of the RIGHT-Wing Machine.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

“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...”


6 posted on 08/21/2007 8:42:44 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed ("We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them, I won't chip away at them" -Mitt Romney)
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To: Beelzebubba

Regardless, a 90 minute eclipse will allow more people to see it.


7 posted on 08/21/2007 8:48:17 AM PDT by Lokibob (Some people are like slinkys. Useless, but if you throw them down the stairs, you smile.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Just two weeks before the feast of Trumpets.


8 posted on 08/21/2007 8:49:16 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (you shall know that I, YHvH, your Savior, and your Redeemer, am the Elohim of Ya'aqob. Isaiah 60:16)
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To: Slicksadick
For the Pacific Coast folks:

Total Lunar Eclipse PDT

9 posted on 08/21/2007 9:08:13 AM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: Lokibob

90 minutes is a typical length, not at all unusual.


10 posted on 08/21/2007 9:08:14 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed ("We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them, I won't chip away at them" -Mitt Romney)
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To: Beelzebubba

You obviously didn’t take media training.


11 posted on 08/21/2007 9:26:36 AM PDT by gotribe (I've been disenfranchised by the GOP.)
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To: Lokibob

>> 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.)


12 posted on 08/21/2007 9:45:03 AM PDT by dangus
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To: DaveLoneRanger

The moon isn’t anywhere near full or a new moon.

How can this happen?


13 posted on 08/21/2007 9:50:54 AM PDT by George from New England
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To: George from New England

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.


14 posted on 08/21/2007 9:54:55 AM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: 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”

90 what?


15 posted on 08/21/2007 10:11:15 AM PDT by pacelvi (In general, Democrats are the only real reason to vote for Republicans. - Thomas Sowell)
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To: RightWhale; George from New England
The moon keeps moving and becomes full at least every month, has been doing this for a long time.

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...

16 posted on 08/21/2007 10:17:58 AM PDT by harrowup (Gore will end the Hillbilly-Backpack sideshow by announcing in November 2007)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Starting at 3:45 AM and cut off by sunrise? I think I’ll probably miss this one.


17 posted on 08/21/2007 10:18:11 AM PDT by -YYZ- (Strong like bull, smart like ox.)
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To: RightWhale

oh next week - yes there will be a full moon


18 posted on 08/21/2007 10:18:19 AM PDT by George from New England
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To: George from New England
George from New England, are you by any chance related to George from The Jungle?

:)

19 posted on 08/21/2007 2:19:24 PM PDT by Max in Utah (O Great and Benevolent Rulers of America: WHERE'S OUR FENCE?!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

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.


20 posted on 08/26/2007 8:10:49 AM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Too bad the full moon will wash it out in the eastern U.S. < /snark>


21 posted on 08/26/2007 8:16:15 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake but Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: RightWhale
The moon keeps moving and becomes full at least every month, has been doing this for a long time.

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.

22 posted on 08/26/2007 9:19:41 AM PDT by ngc6656
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To: RightWhale

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.


23 posted on 08/26/2007 12:00:36 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger ("Being normal is not necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage.")
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To: nnn0jeh

ping


24 posted on 08/26/2007 12:03:31 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

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.


25 posted on 08/26/2007 12:18:42 PM PDT by maica (America will be a hyperpower that's all hype and no power -- if we do not prevail in Iraq)
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To: XeniaSt

Shofar, so good...


26 posted on 08/26/2007 12:23:10 PM PDT by null and void (I hate to suggest something this radical, but why not let the policy follow the facts? ~ReignOfError)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Total lunar eclipse to occur on Tuesday (North and South America and South Pacific viewable)http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1886873/posts


27 posted on 08/26/2007 1:09:34 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline—1-866-DHS-2-ICE)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Werewolf bump! Git yur bic shavers ready!

Totality for almost an hour and a half!


28 posted on 08/27/2007 6:20:47 AM PDT by djf (America welcomes immigrants! Sadly, America welcomes crimmigrants even more...)
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To: null and void
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


29 posted on 08/27/2007 10:43:16 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (you shall know that I, YHvH, your Savior, and your Redeemer, am the Elohim of Ya'aqob. Isaiah 60:16)
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To: XeniaSt

Since this one isn’t visible in the ME, I’m not going to worry too much.


30 posted on 08/27/2007 10:48:37 AM PDT by null and void (I hate to suggest something this radical, but why not let the policy follow the facts? ~ReignOfError)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

31 posted on 08/27/2007 5:49:58 PM PDT by HighWheeler (The higher the concentration of libs, the bigger the tragedy that follows.)
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