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Old 02-20-2008, 07:22 PM   #1
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Wowza another Lunar Eclipse tonight (last until 2010)

Saturn also makes an appearance along with the bright star Regulus.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080220/.../lunar_eclipse

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Lunar eclipse to occur Wednesday night

By ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer Tue Feb 19, 7:48 PM ET

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.
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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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It will last until 2010????







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very cool! thanks!
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Thanks I readed this in the news todaty

The moon rigth now looks very very clear and SOOOO SHINEY!!! and there´s no clounds in the sky!
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It's very visible here in SW Ontario.
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"There is no dark side of the moon, really. As a matter of fact, it's all dark."

Looks awesome in Newfoundland!
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It's very visible here in SW Ontario.
Here, as well! United by the moon!

I love how there's a little star right above and to the left...space.
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Looks awesome in Newfoundland!
Ha! Didn't see your post in time....looks awesome, indeed!!
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Here, as well! United by the moon!

I love how there's a little star right above and to the left...space.
I read somewhere today that starting very recently (today, perhaps?), Saturn is visible just to the left of the moon for the next several months - maybe that's what you're seeing? I'm gonna go look.
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I read somewhere today that starting very recently (today, perhaps?), Saturn is visible just to the left of the moon for the next several months - maybe that's what you're seeing? I'm gonna go look.
Yup, it's Saturn! I wish I had my high-powered telescope here. That thing is supposed to be able to see the rings of Saturn. I've just never been able to find it (Saturn, that is).
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Argh! My brother and I bought a telescope for my mom for Christmas and she fucked with the calibrations one night and now it won't hold still.
I'm going to take it out in a bit. Hopefully the clouds will give way and I can check out the eclipse in 10x
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Argh! My brother and I bought a telescope for my mom for Christmas and she fucked with the calibrations one night and now it won't hold still.
I'm going to take it out in a bit. Hopefully the clouds will give way and I can check out the eclipse in 10x


I wonder if my professor will accept "lunar eclipse" as an excuse if I do horribly on my exam tomorrow?
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I'm going back and forth from my deck to the computer...looks so amazing!

I knew it was Saturn. I was just testing everyone.
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Yup, it's Saturn! I wish I had my high-powered telescope here. That thing is supposed to be able to see the rings of Saturn. I've just never been able to find it (Saturn, that is).
Yeah, it's sort of at the 8 o'clock position, relative to the moon. Looking at it without visual aids, it looks like I can see light radiating out the sides of it, left and right. Would this be the rings?

If only it weren't so damned cold here, -11, -16 windchill, I'd stay out for more than two minutes at a time.
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