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Old 02-19-08, 02:39 PM
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Total Eclipse of the... moon. Lunar Eclipse 2/20/08 [12/21/10 Update]

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080219/...OA7WdKdu0PLBIF

Lunar eclipse to occur Wednesday night
By ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer
2 hours, 11 minutes ago

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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Detroit: Partly-mostly cloudy, windchill -10 F. Guess not.
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Its possible:

Tacoma: Tomorrow night: A few clouds from time to time. Low 39F. Winds light and variable.
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Will probably be too cloudy here in SoCal.

By the way - if you've never seen Saturn through a telescope, you're missing a near-orgasmic sight! Something about seeing it "live" it truly awesome!
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Lunar Eclipse 2/20/08...got pics?

My cameras are totally weak, and can't get very good pictures, so I'm just going to have to view it with my own eyes.

Anyone getting good pics?
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I'll head out and see if I can see anything. BBL
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You should be able to see something. I'm seeing it's almost halfway covered already.
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I just went out 5 min ago. It's getting there, I was going to check it soon, I will try to get a good pic, but I don't have a good camera, so it could just suck ass.
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I have snapped a couple pics, but won't be able to upload them until tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by jonw9
I have snapped a couple pics, but won't be able to upload them until tomorrow.
Do you have to wine and dine your camera before it puts out or something?

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Do you have to wine and dine your camera before it puts out or something?

I have to take the memory card upstairs and download, and risk waking my wife.

I am supposed to be studying right now.

Plus I don't have a tripod, so the long exposure shots aren't turning out.

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I took some pictures, but they look like crap.
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I tried to take pictures, but it was so cold I was shaking and couldn't get a clear pic.
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Ok, these totally suck ass but it's the best I can do with my sucky camera.





Not really sure what the hell is up with that middle picture....
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Ok, these totally suck ass but it's the best I can do with my sucky camera.

Not really sure what the hell is up with that middle picture....
That is you shaking during the exposure. That is what my pics look like. It looks more like a comet than an eclipse!
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Ok, these totally suck ass but it's the best I can do with my sucky camera.

Not really sure what the hell is up with that middle picture....
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I have snapped a couple pics, but won't be able to upload them until tomorrow.
Oh, snap!
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Several of my neighbors are out on their back porches watching this, and my fiancee is overlooking Lincoln Park in Chicago and says that lots of people are out staring at the moon, despite it being like 5 degrees out. She just said that a limo pulled up in front of her place, stopped, and people got out to look.

Kinda cool that people are still interested in things like this.
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Meh, I can't find my tripod either:



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Totally covered now. It looks like Jupiter. Very Cool!
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There is a light above the moon and a light to left and somewhat lower. Saturn and the star Regulus are to make an appearance tonight -- are these the lights that are sandwiching the moon?
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Just cloudy enough here not to see anything
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too cloudy
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