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How a Lunar Eclipse Saved Columbus (And us in ten days)
SPACE.com ^ | February 10, 2008 | Joe Rao

Posted on 02/10/2008 4:49:38 PM PST by decimon

On the night of Feb. 20, the full moon will pass into Earth's shadow in an event that will be visible across all of the United States and Canada.

The total lunar eclipse will be made even more striking by the presence of the nearby planet Saturn and the bright bluish star, Regulus.

Eclipses in the distant past often terrified viewers who took them as evil omens. Certain lunar eclipses had an overwhelming effect on historic events. One of the most famous examples is the trick pulled by Christopher Columbus.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: astronomy; christophercolumbus; eclipse; godsgravesglyphs; lunareclipse; space

1 posted on 02/10/2008 4:49:40 PM PST by decimon
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To: SunkenCiv; blam

Not quite GGG ping.


2 posted on 02/10/2008 4:51:37 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

It might have saved Columbus that time, but Columbus was merely the public announcement that Spain (and several other Euro kingdoms) was already in the New World.


3 posted on 02/10/2008 4:52:56 PM PST by RightWhale (Clam down! avoid ataque de nervosa)
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To: decimon

Good thing it wasn’t cloudy that night.


4 posted on 02/10/2008 4:56:22 PM PST by liege
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To: decimon

The more I learn about Columbus, the less I like him. I was happier when all I knew about him was that he discovered America.

Damned historians, and their big mouths.


5 posted on 02/10/2008 4:56:34 PM PST by jim35 ("...when the lion and the lamb lie down together, ...we'd better damn sure be the lion")
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To: jim35
The more I learn about Columbus, the less I like him.

Probably not the nicest fellow ever. But then, there may not have been too many nice fellows back when life was "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short."

6 posted on 02/10/2008 5:00:52 PM PST by decimon
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To: jim35

Always be certain that the information is coming from a true historian and is not the interpretation of a revisionist historian whose goal is to turn you against people who should be revered.

I’m not saying that is the case here. But don’t ever doubt the desire of the Left to turn everyone against their past if it is not Marxist in some way, shape, or form.


7 posted on 02/10/2008 5:04:04 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (If Hillary is elected, her legacy will be telling the American people: Better put some ice on that.)
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To: decimon
Before his death, Regiomontanus published an almanac containing astronomical tables covering the years 1475-1506. Regiomontanus' almanac turned out to be of great value, for his astronomical tables provided detailed information about the sun, moon and planets, as well as the more important stars and constellations by which to navigate. After it was published, no sailor dared set out without a copy. With its help, explorers were able to leave their customary routes and venture out into the unknown seas in search of new frontiers.

Columbus, of course, had a copy of the Almanac with him when he was stranded on Jamaica. And he soon discovered from studying its tables that on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 29, 1504, a total eclipse of the moon would take place soon after the time of moonrise.

Would a lunar eclipse in Europe be visible in Jamaica?

8 posted on 02/10/2008 5:04:45 PM PST by gitmo (From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.)
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To: decimon

btt


9 posted on 02/10/2008 5:09:38 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: gitmo
Would a lunar eclipse in Europe be visible in Jamaica?

From the article, and the part you quoted, I think the almanac was usable in more than Europe. But then, I thought Regiomontanus was a football player so what do I know?

10 posted on 02/10/2008 5:17:40 PM PST by decimon
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To: gitmo

The almanac was useful to (and used by) seafarers, so one can fairly conclude it was not restricted only to lunar eclipses visible in Europe.


11 posted on 02/10/2008 5:26:07 PM PST by Petronski (I didn't leave the GOP. The GOP left me.)
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To: gitmo
>>>Would a lunar eclipse in Europe be visible in Jamaica? <<<

I think eclipses generally track a path across the surface of the earth as it turns on its axis. So some eclipses would be visible in both places - depending on time of year and [maybe] phase of moon.

Kepler would know.

12 posted on 02/10/2008 5:28:13 PM PST by HardStarboard (Take No Prisoners - We're Out Of Qurans)
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To: jim35

The more I learn about Columbus, the less I like him.


He was pretty damn resourceful for being as far astray as he was in 1506, or whenever it was.

There is much to admire about his courage and his place in history, as for many of the explorers and pioneers.


13 posted on 02/10/2008 5:34:27 PM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: decimon

14 posted on 02/10/2008 5:50:15 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: HardStarboard

No Kepler here, but....

Total lunar eclpses occur precisely at Full Moon when the moon is directly opposite the Sun, and anyone who can see the moon at the time (half the earth) could witness this kind of eclipse.

An eclipse track occurs during a Solar eclipse where the moon’s shadow hits the earth’s surface, and those who can see this type is determined by the path of this typically narrow band as the earth rotates.


15 posted on 02/10/2008 5:59:41 PM PST by mikrofon (Astro BUMP)
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To: gitmo

I pulled up Skymap and here’s what I got:

Site information
Latitude: 18° 0’ 0” N
Longitude: 77° 0’ 0” W
Height above sea level: 10 metres
Time zone: 5h behind UT

Visibility
The eclipse is partially visible from this location.
Circumstances of the Eclipse
Moon enters penumbra: 1504 Feb 29 16:48:50
Moon enters umbra: 1504 Feb 29 17:57:03
Start of totality: 1504 Feb 29 19:15:50
Maximum eclipse: 1504 Feb 29 19:40:19
End of totality: 1504 Feb 29 20:04:44
Moon leaves umbra: 1504 Feb 29 21:23:30
Moon leaves penumbra: 1504 Feb 29 22:31:51


16 posted on 02/10/2008 6:02:51 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: Senator Goldwater

“There is much to admire about his courage and his place in history,..”

True, but the stories of his misdeeds take so much of the shine off.

But, to keep it in perspective, he was a creature of his time.


17 posted on 02/10/2008 6:10:35 PM PST by jim35 ("...when the lion and the lamb lie down together, ...we'd better damn sure be the lion")
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To: decimon

I had heard that this was folklore, but now it sounds like it’s pretty much verified history. Never heard of this guy Regiomontanus.

http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1E1-Regiomon.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regiomontanus


18 posted on 02/10/2008 6:11:14 PM PST by Kevmo (SURFRINAGWIASS : Shut Up RINOs. Free Republic is not a GOP Website. Itís a SOCON Site.)
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To: scrabblehack

Good research. Thanks. I had no idea how to check that out.


19 posted on 02/10/2008 6:23:41 PM PST by gitmo (From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
You have that right! Amen! Ask: what is the goal of bringing up this information at this time? Beware those who would use History merely as a tool to further their modern day political agenda!
20 posted on 02/10/2008 6:36:23 PM PST by Right Republican
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To: decimon

He was taking a chance as well...many historians believe that Mayans (I’m not sure about the inhabitants of Jamaica) knew about eclipses already.


21 posted on 02/10/2008 6:59:06 PM PST by scrabblehack
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22 posted on 02/11/2008 10:49:27 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________Profile updated Sunday, February 10, 2008)
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To: decimon
How a Lunar Eclipse Saved Columbus (And us in ten days)

What happens in 10 days?

23 posted on 02/11/2008 11:14:49 AM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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What happens in 10 days?

Nine days. Yesterday was ten days.

First lines of the article:

"On the night of Feb. 20, the full moon will pass into Earth's shadow in an event that will be visible across all of the United States and Canada.

The total lunar eclipse will be made even more striking by the presence of the nearby planet Saturn and the bright bluish star, Regulus."

24 posted on 02/11/2008 11:45:11 AM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

Bush ought to try this on Chavez and his threat to cut off oil. He’s not the brightest flare in the refinery.


25 posted on 02/11/2008 12:07:07 PM PST by colorado tanker
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Bush ought to try this on Chavez and his threat to cut off oil. He’s not the brightest flare in the refinery.

Accompany the threat with some sulphur fumes and he might buy it.

26 posted on 02/11/2008 12:12:29 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon
some sulphur fumes

Ah, a preview of Chavez' ultimate destination.

27 posted on 02/11/2008 12:17:30 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: decimon

The word that misled me was saved.

I wanted to know how an eclipse would save us in 10 days.


28 posted on 02/11/2008 12:37:29 PM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: fanfan
I wanted to know how an eclipse would save us in 10 days.

It won't. I wondered if anyone would question that.

29 posted on 02/11/2008 12:43:46 PM PST by decimon
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To: jim35

Everybody knows it was the Chinese that discovered America in 1421

http://www.1421.tv/pages/maps/1418.htm


30 posted on 02/11/2008 12:58:48 PM PST by underbyte
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To: decimon

There you go.


31 posted on 02/11/2008 1:50:51 PM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: underbyte

Leif Erikson beat all of them though.


32 posted on 02/11/2008 6:51:46 PM PST by rdl6989
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