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Total lunar eclipse to occur on Tuesday (North and South America and South Pacific viewable)
AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/26/07 | Colleen Slevin - ap

Posted on 08/26/2007 1:04:32 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

DENVER - The Earth's shadow will creep across the moon's surface early Tuesday, slowly eclipsing it and turning it shades of orange and red. The total lunar eclipse, the second this year, will be visible in North and South America, especially in the West. People in the Pacific islands, eastern Asia, Australia and New Zealand also will be able to view it if skies are clear.

People in Europe, Africa or the Middle East, who had the best view of the last total lunar eclipse in March, won't see this one because the moon will have set when the eclipse begins at 4:51 a.m. EDT. It will take an hour to reach full eclipse stage.

An eclipse occurs when Earth passes between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun's light. It's rare because the moon is usually either above or below the plane of Earth's orbit.

Since the Earth is bigger than the moon, the process of the Earth's shadow taking a bigger and bigger "bite" out of the moon, totally eclipsing it before the shadow recedes, lasts about 3 1/2 hours, said Doug Duncan, director of the University of Colorado's Fiske Planetarium. The total eclipse phase, in which the moon has an orange or reddish glow, lasts about 1 1/2 hours.

The full eclipse will be visible across the United States, but East Coast viewers will only have about a half-hour to see it before the sun begins to rise and the moon sets. Skywatchers in the West will get the full show.

In eastern Asia, the moon will rise in various stages of eclipse.

During the full eclipse, the moon won't be completely dark because some light still reaches it around the edges of the Earth. The light is refracted as it passes through our atmosphere, scattering blue light — which is why the sky is blue — but sending reddish light onto the moon.

"When someone asks why is it (the moon) red, you can say because the sky is blue," Duncan said.

The next total lunar eclipse occurs Feb. 21, 2008, and will be visible from the Americas, Europe and Asia.


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1 posted on 08/26/2007 1:04:40 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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NASA Lunar Eclipse Page:

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


2 posted on 08/26/2007 1:05:01 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline—1-866-DHS-2-ICE)
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To: NormsRevenge

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1884321/posts


3 posted on 08/26/2007 1:06:48 PM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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Path of the Moon through Earth's umbral and penumbral shadows
during the Total Lunar Eclipse of Aug. 28, 2007.
(Pacific Daylight Time)


4 posted on 08/26/2007 1:06:54 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline—1-866-DHS-2-ICE)
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To: NormsRevenge
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/LunarEclipse.html

Above URL gives info for your town.

5 posted on 08/26/2007 1:07:44 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: RightWhale

Thanks!

I will probably just sleep thru this one.. check the YouTube later for film. :-)


6 posted on 08/26/2007 1:08:28 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline—1-866-DHS-2-ICE)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

It might not be visible from Fairbanks, too far south.


7 posted on 08/26/2007 1:08:37 PM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: NormsRevenge

Bookmark


8 posted on 08/26/2007 1:08:40 PM PDT by janetgreen
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To: NormsRevenge

Was at an “Eclipse Party” once. During totality the moon was totally gone from sight, no ‘earth shine’. One attendee suggested, “Someone should get a picture of that.”


9 posted on 08/26/2007 1:09:17 PM PDT by Roccus (sync//sync//eot)
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To: RightWhale

Total Eclipse of the Moon

FAIRBANKS, ALASKA
o ‘ o ‘
W147 45, N64 49

Alaska Daylight Time

Moon’s
Azimuth Altitude
h m o o
Moonrise 2007 Aug 27 21:25 117.9 ——
Moon enters penumbra 2007 Aug 27 23:52.2 151.2 10.6
Moon enters umbra 2007 Aug 28 00:50.9 165.2 13.1
Moon enters totality 2007 Aug 28 01:52.0 180.2 14.1
Middle of eclipse 2007 Aug 28 02:37.3 191.4 13.9
Moon leaves totality 2007 Aug 28 03:22.7 202.4 12.7
Moon leaves umbra 2007 Aug 28 04:23.8 217.0 9.9
Moon leaves penumbra 2007 Aug 28 05:22.5 230.7 6.0
Moonset 2007 Aug 28 06:42 248.5 ——


10 posted on 08/26/2007 1:10:37 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: NormsRevenge

It will turn red or orange. That is the color of the moon now as seen at midnight from Fairbanks as it is not even above treeline to the south. If visible from here, it will be oranger I suppose.


11 posted on 08/26/2007 1:11:27 PM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

14 degrees above horizon at maximum, which would be local midnight. That would be visible among the trees, but still very orange normally. Best view would be down the powerline clearing if it’s clear, but recent full moons have not necessarily been clear.


12 posted on 08/26/2007 1:14:48 PM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: Roccus

Was at an “Eclipse Party” once. During totality the moon was totally gone from sight, no ‘earth shine’. One attendee suggested, “Someone should get a picture of that.”


Earthshine is visible only when the moon is crescent, never when full (including at eclipse).

What you saw was the earth blocking the direct SUNshine.


13 posted on 08/26/2007 1:32:01 PM 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: NormsRevenge

If that’s a lunar eclipse, then a solar eclipse must be when the sun passes between the earth and the moon.


14 posted on 08/26/2007 1:34:09 PM PDT by pierstroll
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To: pierstroll

Wouldn’t that cause global warming?


15 posted on 08/26/2007 1:44:43 PM PDT by liege
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To: Roccus

“Take a picture of the sound, Stephen.”


16 posted on 08/26/2007 1:45:15 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke

Yup. It took a couple if seconds to sink in, but it cracked everybody up!


17 posted on 08/26/2007 1:49:15 PM PDT by Roccus (sync//sync//eot)
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To: liege

Of course not, silly. Global warming is caused by using more than 1 sq of toilet paper and by not driving a Prius.


18 posted on 08/26/2007 1:51:24 PM PDT by pierstroll
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To: NormsRevenge

http://hubblesite.org/explore_astronomy/skywatch/#115 has a podcast about it. They usually run about 5 minutes


19 posted on 08/26/2007 1:51:50 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: liege
More like global annihilation.
20 posted on 08/26/2007 1:56:27 PM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: savedbygrace

“Is it feeling a little warm today, or is it just my hot flashes again?”


21 posted on 08/26/2007 2:03:09 PM PDT by liege
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To: NormsRevenge

That’ll be some spectacle, along with Mars being its closest to Earth in, what, 1,000 years at the same time.....


22 posted on 08/26/2007 2:40:54 PM PDT by mikrofon (Just like the last few years ;)
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To: NormsRevenge

Anybody going to be up for this one? I’m thinkin’ about it.


23 posted on 08/27/2007 8:28:05 PM PDT by paulat (I'd rather spend my vote on someone who CAN ACTUALLY BE ELECTED)
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To: paulat; NormsRevenge

Gettin’ the camera ready. I’ll have pics prob tommorrow night. I’ll post here.


24 posted on 08/27/2007 10:26:52 PM PDT by WSGilcrest (I'm beginning to realize I don't realize what I'm saying.)
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To: paulat; NormsRevenge
not yet...


25 posted on 08/27/2007 11:27:53 PM PDT by WSGilcrest (I'm beginning to realize I don't realize what I'm saying.)
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To: paulat

I am.


26 posted on 08/27/2007 11:29:15 PM PDT by DB
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To: WSGilcrest
almost...


27 posted on 08/28/2007 2:01:00 AM PDT by WSGilcrest (I'm beginning to realize I don't realize what I'm saying.)
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28 posted on 08/28/2007 2:14:38 AM PDT by WSGilcrest (I'm beginning to realize I don't realize what I'm saying.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’m out in the country and the coyotes are howling up a storm. They really seem to be reacting to the eclipse.


29 posted on 08/28/2007 2:22:46 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: wideminded

I think I will get up and out a bit more earlier than normal, it should reach full eclipse for me here in Wasilla, Alaska in one more hour, yesterday was a really nice minimal cloudy day in the afternoon with the temps in the mid 60’s so it should be good viewing.


30 posted on 08/28/2007 2:41:55 AM PDT by Eye of Unk
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To: WSGilcrest

31 posted on 08/28/2007 2:43:40 AM PDT by WSGilcrest (I'm beginning to realize I don't realize what I'm saying.)
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To: WSGilcrest

Beautiful! I’m looking at it now! Thanks for these photos.


32 posted on 08/28/2007 2:45:28 AM PDT by Beth (Praying for our troops, for our country, for our leaders, and for you.)
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To: Beth

Cool, isn’t it?


33 posted on 08/28/2007 2:57:04 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: WSGilcrest
Nice pictures. I went out to the back yard and was pleased to be able to see it clearly. Beautiful. The moon looks orange-ish.
34 posted on 08/28/2007 3:02:27 AM PDT by Pajamajan (Pray for president Bush-pray for our military-pray for our congress-pray for our nation)
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To: Pajamajan

I just saw it here in Sacramento, CA and it looks amazing to have the Moon almost completely dark except for a dark reddish glow on the surface.


35 posted on 08/28/2007 3:03:57 AM PDT by RayChuang88
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To: Pajamajan

Great Night here on the Left Coast for viewing this.


36 posted on 08/28/2007 3:05:07 AM PDT by Halgr (Once a Marine, always a Marine - Semper Fi)
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To: RayChuang88

I don’t recall seeing such a redish orange glow in past eclipses I’ve seen.

Am I just remembering poorly?


37 posted on 08/28/2007 3:05:30 AM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: Quix

That’s because of the light refraction through the atmosphere of Earth that we get the reddish glow on the Moon. If Earth had no atmosphere the Moon would have gone nearly completely dark. (By the way, the Moon has sometimes gone nearly black during a lunar eclipse in the past if there was a lot of dust in the atmosphere caused by things like a major volcanic eruption.)


38 posted on 08/28/2007 3:09:06 AM PDT by RayChuang88
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To: RayChuang88

Thanks much.

I think I understand the part the atmosphere plays . . . similar to the harvest moon effect in terms of color, right???

But why does this one seem reader, more colored, than my memory of past such eclipses??

My memory or something different in the atmosphere?


39 posted on 08/28/2007 3:12:05 AM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: WSGilcrest

Got to see it too,thanks


40 posted on 08/28/2007 3:12:18 AM PDT by cmsgop (Hillary's Milkshake is better than Your's, She could teach you, but you would rather go blind.......)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

Oh yes!

I just checked again and the moon is now completely blocked and rose-colored. It was worth staying up to see.


41 posted on 08/28/2007 3:13:37 AM PDT by Beth (Praying for our troops, for our country, for our leaders, and for you.)
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To: Quix
But why does this one seem reader, more colored, than my memory of past such eclipses??

That's because the atmosphere on Earth has little dust in it right now, and as a result the light refraction through the Earth's atmosphere is quite strong. (If I hear this is a result of global warming I'm going to virtually bop the person who says it.)

42 posted on 08/28/2007 3:16:46 AM PDT by RayChuang88
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To: Beth
I'm at the limits of my camera...time for bed.


43 posted on 08/28/2007 3:19:49 AM PDT by WSGilcrest (I'm beginning to realize I don't realize what I'm saying.)
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To: cmsgop

Glad you’re seeing it way up there also. My first peek was about 2:15, when the Weather Channel (I know...I’m boring) gave us a heads-up; there was just a sliver of bright then, and now it looks pretty total.


44 posted on 08/28/2007 3:19:52 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: cmsgop

make that first glimpse at 2:45....need more coffee.


45 posted on 08/28/2007 3:21:08 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: Halgr
"Great night on the Left Coast for viewing this"

Yes-It's usually overcast at this time of the early morning, but, there's not a cloud in the sky right now. Perfect viewing.

46 posted on 08/28/2007 3:21:25 AM PDT by Pajamajan (Pray for president Bush-pray for our military-pray for our congress-pray for our nation)
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To: WSGilcrest

Thanks again for taking these. They’re just awesome!

Good night.


47 posted on 08/28/2007 3:21:34 AM PDT by Beth (Praying for our troops, for our country, for our leaders, and for you.)
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To: RayChuang88

Ahhhhh. Interesting.

Seems to be approaching or right at maximum here in NW New Mexico when I just peeked out.


48 posted on 08/28/2007 3:22:17 AM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: NormsRevenge

Bump... Beautiful sight this morning driving in to work.


49 posted on 08/28/2007 3:22:28 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: WSGilcrest

Your photos are wonderful. Better than my binoculars. LOL.

Thanks.


50 posted on 08/28/2007 3:23:19 AM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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