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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2003 5:38 am 
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For those who have "eyes for the skies"...<br><br>"Clouds permitting, sky watchers in the Americas, Western Europe and Africa will enjoy a total lunar eclipse Thursday, one of nature's most compelling special effects. The partial lunar eclipse will start at 10:03 p.m. ET(US) as the Earth blocks sunlight from the moon, gradually sliding into full eclipse at 11:14 p.m. ET(US). African and Euro-pean viewers will see the eclipse before or at dawn Friday.<br><br>In the USA, viewing will be best in the western and central states, but storm clouds and rain threaten elsewhere.<br><br>In Europe, skies should be clear over Spain, southern France and Italy, but clouds may impede viewing in the United Kingdom and from northern France to Germany. Mostly clear viewing is forecast for northern and southern Africa, but clouds and thunderstorms could block the view in central Africa.<br><br>The moon technically begins the eclipse about an hour before the partial eclipse phase, as the moon begins to pass into a region of half-shadow on the Earth's dark side called the penumbra.<br><br>During the total eclipse, the moon will pass entirely into the full shadow of the Earth, a region called the umbra, from the Latin word for shadow. It leaves it an hour later at 12:06 a.m. ET(US).<br><br>"You'll actually see the hard-edged shadow of the Earth as the total eclipse begins," says astronomer Fred Espenak of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The partial eclipse ends at 1:17 a.m. ET(US). And the moon finally exits the penumbra about an hour later.<br><br>A faint red or gray glow will cover the moon during the total eclipse, making it still faintly visible. The glow comes from sunlight scattered off the edges of the Earth, which is bathed in light from the setting and rising sun, even as it places the moon in shadow. <br><br>Partial lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes only partway through the umbra region. The amount of dust in the Earth's atmosphere affects the size of the umbra and can throw off eclipse time predictions by a few moments, a measurement of some interest to atmospheric scientists.<br><br>Though lunar eclipses offer little scientific value to astronomers, Espenak says they are a powerful reminder of our place in the solar system. He maintains a Web site on eclipses at http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/eclipse.html. <br><br>The last total lunar eclipse took place in 2001; typically there are up to three every year.<br><br>Anyone who misses out on the event has a second chance this year. On Nov. 8, a total lunar eclipse is expected to be viewable from North and South America. <br><br>Two more will take place in 2004."<br>

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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2003 8:01 am 
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Wait 'til ya see a proper full solar eclipse then !! If you get the chance go and see one . I went in 1999 when there was one across SW England / through C.Europe etc and it was unbelievable . Wow man !!


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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2003 5:30 pm 
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I seen one a few years back and i thought the moon had some what of an orange glow to it, then again it was halloween when i seen it and had a few beers in me while walking my kid from house to house.<br><br>yes i took a few beers with me for the walk.

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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2003 5:46 pm 
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faint remnant of it right now, but it's slightly foggy, the sky is a cool shade of orange

with binocs, the moon looks like a 3-d sphere hanging in the sky, rather than a 2-d disc

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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2003 6:30 pm 
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Obscured by clouds..........   ':'('

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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2003 10:12 pm 
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[quote author=sir galoot link=board=general;num=1053013114;start=0#6 date=05/15/03 at 21:30:29]Obscured by clouds..........   ':'('[/quote]<br><br>Good album !!(Pink Floyd)<br><br>Also on the "eclipse" thread , another Floyd piece :<br><br>"Eclipse" (Dark Side of the Moon)<br><br>All that you touch<br>All that you see<br>All that you taste<br>All that you feel<br>All that you love<br>All that you hate<br>All you distrust<br>All that you save<br>All that you give<br>All that you deal<br>All that you buy<br>beg, borrow or steal<br>All you create<br>All you destroy<br>All that you do<br>All that you say<br>All that you eat<br>everyone you meet<br>All that you slight<br>everyone you fight<br>All that is now<br>All that is gone<br>All that's to come<br>and everything under the sun is in tune<br>[glow=red,2,300]but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.[/glow]<br> <br>conceptual continuity ! 8)<br><br>


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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2003 4:25 am 
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good viewing in my area last night<br><br>the moon didn't turn a "fire red", but it looked soooo weird!

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I found it as exciting as watching paint dry


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