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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

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To: NormsRevenge

Southwestern Ohio (greater Cincinnati area) clear sky, and temperatures in the teens. Nearly 90% lunar eclipse at this point ... excellent viewing.


51 posted on 02/20/2008 6:49:11 PM PST by BluH2o
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Phew, I almost missed this one. Yahoo said it was to begin around 10pm EST.

Abnormally, a clear sky in Pittsburgh.

52 posted on 02/20/2008 6:55:17 PM PST by prisoner6sson
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To: grellis

“...and my kids are freaking out..”

I think it was on AOL last week where they had an interesting article on Christopher Columbus and how he used his maritime charts which predicted a lunar eclipse to scare the Indians into helping him. I suppose google it and it will bring up some things the kids will enjoy.


53 posted on 02/20/2008 6:59:19 PM PST by geopyg (Don't wish for peace, pray for Victory.)
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To: BluH2o

Here under a clear sky ... the moon is completely in the earth’s shadow @ 10PM eastern.


54 posted on 02/20/2008 7:00:37 PM PST by BluH2o
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To: BluH2o

Seattle partly cloudy


55 posted on 02/20/2008 7:01:00 PM PST by cmsgop ( You go to da box..... you feel shame)
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To: geopyg

Saved his life according to him. Knowledge is power.


56 posted on 02/20/2008 7:01:25 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: NormsRevenge

We be totalized! Beautiful evening here south of Seattle, just a few minor wisps of clouds to the East.

It’s not really very red yet, maybe mod-eclipse!


57 posted on 02/20/2008 7:02:18 PM PST by djf (I think McCain deserves a chance. After all, he is on R side!)
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To: BluH2o

We have some high spots of clouds here but the vision was fine. Neat stuff.


58 posted on 02/20/2008 7:03:11 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: eyedigress

Perfect cloudless night — at total eclipse — here in Cross Junction, VA. Beautiful sight.


59 posted on 02/20/2008 7:04:49 PM PST by ReleaseTheHounds ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: NormsRevenge

Beautiful night here in St. Louis.
Barking Moonbats are quieted by the total eclipse right now.


60 posted on 02/20/2008 7:04:57 PM PST by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Overcast skies in western PA, unfortunately.
61 posted on 02/20/2008 7:08:29 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: NormsRevenge

Very good from my view right now in White Lake, Michigan


62 posted on 02/20/2008 7:08:46 PM PST by PGalt
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To: missnry
Barking Moonbats are quieted by the total eclipse right now.

LOL

63 posted on 02/20/2008 7:09:09 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: PGalt

Looks great from NJ! My neck is killing me now!


64 posted on 02/20/2008 7:09:55 PM PST by divine_moment_of_facts (Liberals see what they believe.. Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: eyedigress

I love lunar eclipses, being a creature of the night.

Twice in my life I had an extreme privilege watching the moon rise in totally clear skies while it was fully eclipsed. Once in central CA, and once in Thousand Islands.

But one morning in Seattle 20 some odd years back, I lived on the third floor of an apartment complex that looked due east towards sunrise.

As the sun came up there was very nearly an annular eclipse of the moon, it must have been only half an hour or so after the “official” new moon. The moon was a ring in the sky! But the odd thing was it wasn’t a “true” eclipse, the moon was still a few degrees away from the sun.


65 posted on 02/20/2008 7:10:15 PM PST by djf (I think McCain deserves a chance. After all, he is on R side!)
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To: NormsRevenge
As an added feature, viewers may get the opportunity to watch a U.S. interceptor missile sail through the sky and blast a spy satellite.
66 posted on 02/20/2008 7:12:36 PM PST by 2111USMC
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To: WakeUpAndVote
Cool! The beauty of God's creation.
67 posted on 02/20/2008 7:13:48 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: NormsRevenge

I’m watching it right now!


68 posted on 02/20/2008 7:13:50 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (If you don't want people to get your goat, don't tell them where it's tied.)
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To: 2111USMC

Did they launch? Any space junk yet? Local news here said we might see some stuff starting around 7:30 Pacific time.


69 posted on 02/20/2008 7:14:26 PM PST by djf (I think McCain deserves a chance. After all, he is on R side!)
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To: f zero

great photo!


70 posted on 02/20/2008 7:16:05 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: NavyCanDo

Thanks for the link. Yes, a great site.


71 posted on 02/20/2008 7:17:42 PM PST by PGalt
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To: PGalt

Clear and cold skies in MN, beautiful sight!


72 posted on 02/20/2008 7:18:37 PM PST by Abigail Adams
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To: Ignatz
Twice the size of mine, but it's on an eq mount.

I should have spent a tad more and got an 8" dob.

It's about 13 above, so I settled for my 63mm binocs.

And the hole in the clouds stayed open for the last 15 minutes before totality.

Saturn's all but washed out.

73 posted on 02/20/2008 7:20:46 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Abigail Adams

Eastern/southeastern flanks are still a cream color, but the rest is getting pretty red as predicted!


74 posted on 02/20/2008 7:20:56 PM PST by djf (I think McCain deserves a chance. After all, he is on R side!)
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To: djf
Last I heard anything was about 15 minutes ago on FNC. They have someone standing by at the Pentagon to announce if they decide whether its a go or no-go.
75 posted on 02/20/2008 7:21:52 PM PST by 2111USMC
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To: 2111USMC

TV said some of the debris could orbit for days so there would be like a meteor “cloud” in orbit.


76 posted on 02/20/2008 7:24:27 PM PST by djf (I think McCain deserves a chance. After all, he is on R side!)
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To: 2111USMC
As an added feature, viewers may get the opportunity to watch a U.S. interceptor missile sail through the sky and blast a spy satellite.

Missile? Ha! I'm sure it's just a electrical malfunction in the center fuel tank...

77 posted on 02/20/2008 7:27:28 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: djf
Figures.

Instead of one big piece of space junk, we’ll end up with thousands of pieces of space junk.

Oh well. I’m hoping for a successful shoot-down. I’m sure it will get a lot of attention from our “friends” around the world.

:)

78 posted on 02/20/2008 7:29:17 PM PST by 2111USMC
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To: PGalt

Great view from Dearborn, MI. Beautiful clear winter skies.
Didn’t stay outside too long. Glad my house has an eastern exposure and a big bay window.


79 posted on 02/20/2008 7:29:43 PM PST by Mad-Margaret (Remember I'm a kook, scammer, or troll the next time you want money.)
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To: Ignatz

LOL at your tag line!


80 posted on 02/20/2008 7:32:19 PM PST by 2111USMC
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To: Mad-Margaret

Clear here in Northern Kentucky. It doesn’t look very red while looking out my window. I do see a bright star to the left of the moon. Is that likely to be Saturn or Regulus?


81 posted on 02/20/2008 7:33:15 PM PST by Dianna
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To: djf

The moon is beautiful here, a brownish cream color.

Two hours ago it shone bright as the sun.


82 posted on 02/20/2008 7:34:20 PM PST by littlehouse36
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To: Calvin Locke
Twice the size of mine, but it's on an eq mount.

I have a Meade DS-114 on an EQ mount. DS, as in "Department Store". It's crap, but it did get me interested enough to buy the big dob. The "auto goto" never worked right, and now the battery pack is busted. The eq mount doesn't have any manual gears, and the focuser is the older .965" size, so the 'scope is essentially useless. I suppose if if I bought another mount for it it would still be usable. I do have a nice eyepice or two for it, and a set of filters.

Anyway, I'm with you: too cold to drag the big 'scope out to the back yard tonight, so I've been using my big bino's, too.
Beautiful, clear views from Indiana.

83 posted on 02/20/2008 7:35:54 PM PST by Ignatz (I am so jealous of these female teacher sex scandals. Shoot, I didn't even get to bang the erasers!)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds

Cloudy and sleet here in Virginia Beach, VA. Bummer.


84 posted on 02/20/2008 7:36:15 PM PST by MaxMax (I need a life after politics)
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To: tropical

Hope you looked out later . Just like the photo outside Ocean City at 10:30pm.


85 posted on 02/20/2008 7:37:32 PM PST by Renegade (You go tell my buddies)
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To: littlehouse36

I’m going outside to take another look!

If I don’t some back, it might mean I was hit by space junk!


86 posted on 02/20/2008 7:38:18 PM PST by djf (I think McCain deserves a chance. After all, he is on R side!)
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To: 2111USMC
LOL at your tag line!

Thanks. I have to give another FReeper credit, though. He posted it in a thread and I laughed until I cried! So, like Obama, I plagiarized it for my own. Hmm...better tweak it so I don't get "Blaired".

87 posted on 02/20/2008 7:40:03 PM PST by Ignatz (I am so jealous of these female teacher sex scandals. Shoot, I didn't even get to bang the erasers!)
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To: Dianna

That’s Saturn to the lower left. Regulus is above the moon.


88 posted on 02/20/2008 7:42:03 PM PST by Mad-Margaret (Remember I'm a kook, scammer, or troll the next time you want money.)
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To: NormsRevenge

We’ve got it in sight here in Ocean County, NJ. Clouds moved out just in time!


89 posted on 02/20/2008 7:42:25 PM PST by dbwz (kthxbai)
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To: Mad-Margaret
Glad my house has an eastern exposure and a big bay window.

Same here MM. Looking out a large upstairs bedroom window with a bench seat every so often...just a few steps away from my computer. Saw a most magnificant sunset tonight with my view of the entire western skyline while FReeping. What a great view. Life is good.

90 posted on 02/20/2008 7:44:22 PM PST by PGalt
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WE GOT IT!!!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1973652/posts


91 posted on 02/20/2008 7:46:46 PM PST by 2111USMC
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To: NormsRevenge
Reporting in from SW Ohio (greater Cincinnati area)@ 10:48 eastern. Cold clear winter night ... observing the moon thru my 7x50 Fujinon wide lens marine application binoculars it’s coppery in color, beginning to lighten in the southeast quadrant.
92 posted on 02/20/2008 7:47:18 PM PST by BluH2o
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To: djf
Just went out to view it with binoculars;looks very nice.

Sky clear, and COLD!

7 degree Fahrenheit!

93 posted on 02/20/2008 7:48:10 PM PST by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a creditcard?)
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To: Mad-Margaret

Great view from the Eastern High Sierra of California too!


94 posted on 02/20/2008 7:48:17 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (If you don't want people to get your goat, don't tell them where it's tied.)
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Ratz and more ratz......every night I can see the beautiful Florida moon out my kitchen door.

Tonight? Nada. Low cloud cover with only a poopy dim glow where the moon should be.

Major disappointment, dang it all.

Leni

95 posted on 02/20/2008 7:49:10 PM PST by MinuteGal (Mitt and Fred are Still My Guys!)
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To: 2111USMC

WOOOOOOHOOOOOO!


96 posted on 02/20/2008 7:49:59 PM PST by PGalt
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To: hoosierham

You have my sympathies! About 42 here in Seattle.

Been there, dun that. I grew up in Western NY, and remember those third-week-in-January things.
Brutal.


97 posted on 02/20/2008 7:50:40 PM PST by djf (I think McCain deserves a chance. After all, he is on R side!)
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To: geopyg

I told my kids about Columbus tonight as we watched. They finally gave up and went to bed. We had a pretty clear view from inside on our back porch. It was too darn cold to take the telescope outside. I made them draw about it in their nature notebooks. Nothing like having school at 9:30 PM! :0)


98 posted on 02/20/2008 7:50:59 PM PST by samiam1972 (It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.)
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To: PGalt

I keep going outside. Brrr. The plane taking off from Metro are annoying as ever. A couple went right through my line of vision with binoculars.

Where’s the space junk? Are we gonna be able to see that in Michigan?


99 posted on 02/20/2008 7:51:16 PM PST by Mad-Margaret (Remember I'm a kook, scammer, or troll the next time you want money.)
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To: NavyCanDo

Thank you for the link! What a wonderful visual explanation for the kids!


100 posted on 02/20/2008 7:51:36 PM PST by samiam1972 (It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.)
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