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God's Handiwork : Moon To Resemble Pumpkin During Total Lunar Eclipse

Old 10-26-04, 06:30 PM
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God's Handiwork : Moon To Resemble Pumpkin During Total Lunar Eclipse

http://www.local6.com/news/3853344/d...110262004&ts=H

POSTED: 2:11 pm EDT October 26, 2004
UPDATED: 2:41 pm EDT October 26, 2004

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Earthlings are about to be treated to a total lunar eclipse, just in time for Halloween.



For more than an hour Wednesday night, the moon will be covered entirely by Earth's shadow and resemble a glowing pumpkin.

With the Earth passing directly between the sun and the moon, the only light hitting the full moon will be from the home planet's sunrises and sunsets, thus the orange and red hue.

It will be a late-night show for people in North and South America and a pre-dawn display early Thursday for those in Europe and western Africa.

Aside from their entertainment value, total lunar eclipses give scientists a chance to assess the quality of Earth's atmosphere. Ash from volcanic eruptions, for example, can make an eclipsed moon look much darker. The recent eruptions of Mount St. Helens in Washington have consisted of far more steam than ash, and therefore the moon should appear bright and coppery red on Wednesday night, NASA said.

The next total eclipse of the moon will not be until March 2007.


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Mmmmm, pumpkin moon pie....
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A link to viewing guide at Sky & Telescope magazine, with maps, tables, etc..
http://skyandtelescope.com/observing...cle_1340_1.asp

Of course, here, it will be rainy, cloudy, clearing to partly cloudy Wednesday night.
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i thought god hated halloween?
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Speaking of God's handiwork.
That reminds me of this spider that looks like a carved jack o' lantern.

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Originally posted by costanza
i thought god hated halloween?
That's why it is on the 27th. But, on the fourth day, the Great Pumpkin will arise.
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Originally posted by OldDude
That's why it is on the 27th. But, on the fourth day, the Great Pumpkin will arise.
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Originally posted by OldDude
That's why it is on the 27th. But, on the fourth day, the Great Pumpkin will arise.

He's not so great, it only took Jesus 3 days!

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That would be so cool to see if it weren't for all the damn rain clouds here!!!
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Originally posted by mrpayroll
He's not so great, it only took Jesus 3 days!

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HE IS TRYING!
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Table of timing, for anybody who wants to get off their lazy asses and go outside to watch:

Eclipse stageUTEastern Daylight TimeCentral Daylight TimeMountain Daylight TimePacific Daylight Time
Moon enters penumbra  0:05  8:05 p.m.  7:05 p.m.  6:05 p.m.--
First visible shading?  0:45  8:45 p.m.  7:45 p.m.  6:45 p.m.--
Partial eclipse begins  1:14  9:14 p.m.  8:14 p.m.  7:14 p.m.--
Total eclipse begins  2:2310:23 p.m.  9:23 p.m.  8:23 p.m.  7:23 p.m.
Total eclipse ends  3:4511:45 p.m.10:45 p.m.  9:45 p.m.  8:45 p.m.
Partial eclipse ends  4:5412:54 a.m.11:54 p.m.10:54 p.m.  9:54 p.m.
Last visible shading?  5:25  1:25 a.m.12:25 a.m.11:25 p.m.10:25 p.m.
Moon leaves penumbra  6:03  2:03 a.m.  1:03 a.m.12:03 a.m.11:03 p.m.
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Hey, we're being gypped on the West Coast

What was God thinking?

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We had a lunar eclipse last year around this time.
Here is a pic I took from my backyard in NJ on 11/8/03.

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I'll have to take my camera out tonight and see what I can get. It's been awhile since I've photographed the moon.
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I remember seeing a very dark orange moon years ago. I freaked out because I thought it was the start of the apocalypse. Pretty stupid looking back on it now.
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Originally posted by mrpayroll
Hey, we're being gypped on the West Coast

What was God thinking?

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It might still be below your horizon at that time, and/or still too bright out to see the effects being mentioned
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Originally posted by JupiterPrime
It might still be below your horizon at that time, and/or still too bright out to see the effects being mentioned
Plus, it might still be cloudy due to our rain storm.

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Originally posted by mrpayroll
Hey, we're being gypped on the West Coast

What was God thinking?

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Don't worry. With this weather, we probably couldn't see it anyway...
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Just finished my pinhole camera! Heading outside to see if it started!
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Originally posted by Y2K Falcon
Just finished my pinhole camera! Heading outside to see if it started!
Aren't pinhole cameras for solar eclipses?
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Originally posted by corbin dallas
Aren't pinhole cameras for solar eclipses?
He likes to take really small pictures.
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Well, it started, but the moon is pretty hazy here. You can see it shining through the clouds, and a chunk missing on one side, but the whole thing is fuzzy.
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Perfectly clear here. Very nice. I'm sitting in my living room watching it.
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very clear here too
only a sliver left uncovered
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My digital camera doesn't have much of a zoom so it got a bit fuzzy (long exposure didn't help either), but here is the best I got here:


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