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Lunar eclipse to occur Wednesday night - Last lunar eclipse in years (until 2010)
AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/20/08 | Alicia Chang - ap

Posted on 02/20/2008 3:36:23 PM PST by NormsRevenge

LOS ANGELES - The last total lunar eclipse until 2010 occurs Wednesday night, with cameo appearances by Saturn and the bright star Regulus on either side of the veiled full moon.

Skywatchers viewing through a telescope will have the added treat of seeing Saturn's handsome rings.

Weather permitting, the total eclipse can be seen from North and South America. People in Europe and Africa will be able to see it high in the sky before dawn on Thursday.

As the moonlight dims — it won't go totally dark — Saturn and Regulus will pop out and sandwich the moon. Regulus is the brightest star in the constellation Leo.

Jack Horkheimer, host of the PBS show "Star Gazer," called the event "the moon, the lord of the rings and heart of the lion eclipse."

Wednesday's event will be the last total lunar eclipse until Dec. 20, 2010. Last year there were two.

The weather could be a spoiler for many in the United States. Cloudy skies are expected for most of the Western states with a chance of snow from the heartland to the East Coast, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service.

"It looks like it's going to be a hard one to spot," Seto said.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the full moon passes into Earth's shadow and is blocked from the sun's rays that normally illuminate it. During an eclipse, the sun, Earth and moon line up, leaving a darkened moon visible to observers on the night side of the planet.

The moon doesn't go black because indirect sunlight still reaches it after passing through the Earth's atmosphere. Since the atmosphere filters out blue light, the indirect light that reaches the moon transforms it into a reddish or orange tinge, depending on how much dust and cloud cover are in the atmosphere at the time.

Wednesday's total eclipse phase will last nearly an hour. Earth's shadow is expected to blot out the moon beginning around 7 p.m. on the West Coast and 10 p.m. on the East Coast. West Coast skygazers will miss the start of the eclipse because it occurs before the moon rises.

Unlike solar eclipses which require protective eyewear, lunar eclipses are safe to view with the naked eye.

Later this year, in August, there will be a total solar eclipse and a partial lunar eclipse.


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1 posted on 02/20/2008 3:36:25 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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NASA’s lunar eclipse page: http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/lunar.html


2 posted on 02/20/2008 3:36:47 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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The moon is engulfed in the Earth's shadow during a total lunar eclipse on in this Oct. 27, 2004, file photo as viewed from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The last total lunar eclipse until 2010 occurs Wednesday night, Feb. 20, 2008, with cameo appearances by Saturn and the bright star Regulus on either side of the veiled full moon. (AP Photo/Doug Murray, File)


3 posted on 02/20/2008 3:37:24 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

What a beautiful photo. So disappointed, clear skies have given way to clouds here in NJ.


4 posted on 02/20/2008 3:46:47 PM PST by tropical
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To: tropical
Lunar eclipses are pretty boring. It's not like getting clouded out of a total solar eclipse.

ML/NJ

5 posted on 02/20/2008 4:00:43 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: NormsRevenge

The total lunar eclipse probably will be over by the time the moon shows up here. Too bad, we finally have a clear sky.


6 posted on 02/20/2008 4:06:02 PM PST by RightWhale (Clam down! avoid ataque de nervosa)
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To: All
Unlike solar eclipses which require protective eyewear, lunar eclipses are safe to view with the naked eye.

DOH! Anyone here been moonblinded?

7 posted on 02/20/2008 4:11:15 PM PST by Gasshog (eyes open, mouth too! tough!)
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To: All
The weather could be a spoiler for many in the United States

Yup...cuz its too COLD HERE!! to even go outside and look

8 posted on 02/20/2008 4:15:35 PM PST by Gasshog (eyes open, mouth too! tough!)
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To: Gasshog
with cameo appearances by Saturn and the bright star Regulus

Dang! was hoping for Leonard Nimoy and Bill Shatner

9 posted on 02/20/2008 4:20:06 PM PST by Gasshog (eyes open, mouth too! tough!)
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To: Gasshog
Blinded, no, but I did get a variable polarizing filter for my telescope.

Otherwise, it can be "fatiguing" with a mostly full Moon.

10 posted on 02/20/2008 4:22:18 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: NormsRevenge

Dang it, we are completely socked in.


11 posted on 02/20/2008 4:31:49 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: RightWhale

Go to http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/LEmono/TLE2008Feb21/TLE2008Feb21.html and scroll down. Has a geo chart with lines marking out the stage of the eclipse at Moon rise, in your case.


12 posted on 02/20/2008 4:34:33 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: NormsRevenge

snowing in DC right now :(


13 posted on 02/20/2008 4:43:56 PM PST by RDTF (Go AEGIS!)
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To: Gasshog
Yup...cuz its too COLD HERE!! to even go outside and look

My mentor in astronomy always said the best viewing is on a cold crisp night.

When I asked him how cold, the answer was "Colder than a brass toilet seat in the Yukon".

14 posted on 02/20/2008 4:48:41 PM PST by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: NormsRevenge

A great big coppery O in the sky, flanked by a star of kingship and a planet with a freakin’ halo. It’s a sign, people!
SURRENDER HILLARY!


15 posted on 02/20/2008 4:52:02 PM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast ( Peel back tabs for tagline. Do not remove this label. Obey.)
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To: Calvin Locke
Blinded, no, but I did get a variable polarizing filter for my telescope.

Me too. The moon is an awesome thing to explore with a 'scope, but without a filter you'll lose your night vision for a while and your eye will get quite tired.
(pic of my 10" on my FR home page, btw)

16 posted on 02/20/2008 4:53:58 PM PST by Ignatz (Hi-jacking threads without reading the article since 9/2000!)
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To: ml/nj

Perhaps, but I would like to see it anyway!


17 posted on 02/20/2008 5:07:48 PM PST by tropical
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To: Gasshog

Same here, I’ll just wait for the pictures...


18 posted on 02/20/2008 5:14:33 PM PST by ItsOurTimeNow ("Never get involved in a land war in Asia.")
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To: NormsRevenge

Hi, Norm!

It’s 7:35 pm here in southern Wisconsin. We have a crystal clear night (down to FIFTEEN BELOW tonight!) so I’ve got the binocs at the ready.

Just the slightest shadow is on the left side of the Moon right now. It’s so cool! :)

There’s a ‘copter circling around out here...must be some Moon Gazing Yuppies come out to the country for some “dark,” LOL!


19 posted on 02/20/2008 5:36:47 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Years? two/three years? 2020, sure..2010? feh.. ;-)


20 posted on 02/20/2008 5:44:52 PM PST by Michael Barnes
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
SURRENDER HILLARY

Can somebody photoshop that like its skywriting a'la the Wizard of Oz? And maybe with Obama riding the broom...

21 posted on 02/20/2008 5:45:40 PM PST by Gasshog (eyes open, mouth too! tough!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Real time view of eclipse (in progress) from Argentina:


22 posted on 02/20/2008 5:46:03 PM PST by mikrofon ("This image will self-destruct in 5 hours, probably" ;)
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To: NormsRevenge
Image hosted by Photobucket.com wonderful clear night... great view
23 posted on 02/20/2008 5:49:13 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
We're seeing the same bitty shadow here in mostly clear Michigan right now, and my kids are freaking out.

I don't know what they're more excited about--the eclipse, or staying up on a weeknight.

24 posted on 02/20/2008 5:51:02 PM PST by grellis ("Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates wouldn’t make any sense at all.” —Ronald Reagan)
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To: NormsRevenge

This site is amazing

http://shadowandsubstance.com/


25 posted on 02/20/2008 5:54:14 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: Chode

looks like we’re toast here, a big front of crud coming in here from the west, hope it holds off for an hour or so.. .. probably rain like heck later..


26 posted on 02/20/2008 5:55:32 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: Ignatz
(pic of my 10" on my FR home page, btw)

Normally we don't post things like that on a family forum.

Nice Dobsonian, BTW.

27 posted on 02/20/2008 5:55:47 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture™)
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To: grellis

Oh, it’s the latter, LOL! My kids were the same way. They STILL talk about the time that we all (Mom, Dad, the three boys, the dogs...even the cats!) slept out on the deck in August to watch a meteor shower.

Of course, they whined and complained the whole time...until “The Show” started. They fell asleep soon after they counted 200 “falling stars.”

Good times. Enjoy this! :)


28 posted on 02/20/2008 5:56:27 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: NavyCanDo

Cool site, Thanks!


29 posted on 02/20/2008 5:56:37 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
another sign

ok, its the best I could do under pressure, the dogs need to go out!

30 posted on 02/20/2008 5:58:03 PM PST by Gasshog (eyes open, mouth too! tough!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Our favorite August ritual!!! Maybe that’s a midwest/ Great Lakes thing...


31 posted on 02/20/2008 6:03:53 PM PST by grellis ("Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates wouldn’t make any sense at all.” —Ronald Reagan)
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To: NormsRevenge

Now over South Central Pennsylvania.

Sidebar Admin, how about a breaking?

32 posted on 02/20/2008 6:04:21 PM PST by WakeUpAndVote (Pork, just bring the hot sauce!)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast; Jeremiah Jr
A great big coppery O in the sky, flanked by a star of kingship and a planet with a freakin’ halo. It’s a sign, people! SURRENDER HILLARY!

Obama could utilize this triple omen in an ad much better than Huckster tried with his creepy cross.

33 posted on 02/20/2008 6:05:01 PM PST by Ezekiel
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To: WakeUpAndVote

yup thats what it looks like here too. I braved the cold to take a look, now gonna haveta see the Total bit unless clouds moove in.


34 posted on 02/20/2008 6:13:01 PM PST by Gasshog (eyes open, mouth too! tough!)
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To: Gasshog

Now over South Central Pennsylvania.

Sidebar Admin, how about a breaking?

35 posted on 02/20/2008 6:14:37 PM PST by WakeUpAndVote (Pork, just bring the hot sauce!)
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To: grellis

It’s gotta be. :)


36 posted on 02/20/2008 6:14:49 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: steve86
Thanks. It's a Discovery PDHQ model. I think they are out of business now, but their scopes had/have very good optics.

It's 9:16 EST and the eclipse is just under halfway across the face of the moon from my vantage point (25 miles NE of Indianapolis, Indiana).

37 posted on 02/20/2008 6:17:33 PM PST by Ignatz (I am so jealous of these female teacher sex scandals...I didn't even get to bang the erasers!)
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To: Gasshog

AWESOME image.

Gosh, this thread was out here while I have been waiting an hour or more to post the same info in the FR Canteen.


38 posted on 02/20/2008 6:20:37 PM PST by Radix (I do not want to press one for English.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Dang, total cloud cover here in Tulsa.


39 posted on 02/20/2008 6:23:50 PM PST by MilspecRob (Most people don't act stupid, they really are.)
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To: WakeUpAndVote; All

Now over South Central Pennsylvania. High clouds now.

Sidebar Admin, how about a breaking?

40 posted on 02/20/2008 6:25:17 PM PST by WakeUpAndVote (Pork, just bring the hot sauce!)
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To: WakeUpAndVote

Moments ago in Hickory, NC not a cloud in the sky. Nikon D80, 80-200 f2.8, ISO 200 F8, @ 1/250 sec

41 posted on 02/20/2008 6:29:45 PM PST by f zero
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To: NormsRevenge

Coming up out of the east. Looks good from the west coast.


42 posted on 02/20/2008 6:32:12 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: f zero

Beautiful - here in Virginia.


43 posted on 02/20/2008 6:32:14 PM PST by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: f zero

Got high clouds now, can’t get a good focus anymore. Glad I could post.


44 posted on 02/20/2008 6:34:53 PM PST by WakeUpAndVote (Pork, just bring the hot sauce!)
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To: kinsman redeemer

Looks great with binocs here in Upstate NY. Mr. Mew’s giving me a celestial tour. But holy moly, is it cold.


45 posted on 02/20/2008 6:36:36 PM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: dragnet2

we lucked out a bit, can at least see it for now thru a light haze


46 posted on 02/20/2008 6:37:08 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: WakeUpAndVote

Thanks much for the pics!


47 posted on 02/20/2008 6:37:45 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: Gasshog
"Anyone here been moonblinded?"

No. But "I'm being followed by a moon shadow..."

48 posted on 02/20/2008 6:40:05 PM PST by 2111USMC
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To: NormsRevenge

It will be at totality from 7pm to 752 pm Pacific time.


49 posted on 02/20/2008 6:40:32 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: pettifogger

Sis, In case you missed it.


50 posted on 02/20/2008 6:41:35 PM PST by f zero
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