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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Total Eclipse of The Moon - February 20, 2008



A total eclipse of the Moon occurs during the night of Wednesday,
February 20/21, 2008. The entire event is visible from South America and
most of North America (on Feb. 20) as well as Western Europe, Africa,
and western Asia (on Feb. 21). During a total lunar eclipse, the Moon's
disk can take on a dramatically colorful appearance from bright orange
to blood red to dark brown and (rarely) very dark gray.

An eclipse of the Moon can only take place at Full Moon, and only if the
Moon passes through some portion of Earth's shadow. The shadow is
actually composed of two cone-shaped parts, one nested inside the other.
The outer shadow or /penumbra/ is a zone where Earth blocks some (but
not all) of the Sun's rays. In contrast, the inner shadow or /umbra/ is
a region where Earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the Moon.

If only part of the Moon passes through the umbra, a partial eclipse is
seen. However, if the entire Moon passes through the umbral shadow, then
a total eclipse of the Moon occurs. For more information on how, what,
why, where and when of lunar eclipses, see the special web page lunar
eclipses for beginners <>.


More here. - LRK -

Total Lunar Eclipse: February 21 2008

The total lunar eclipse
<> of February 21 2008
will be visible over the Americas, Europe, Africa, and western Asia.

The penumbral eclipse
<> -- the least
exciting, and hardest to see part -- will begin at 00:34:59 UT and end
at 06:17:16 UT. It will be visible from western Asia, Europe and Africa
when it begins around Moonset, the Americas, and the Pacific Ocean it
ends at around Moonrise.

The partial eclipse
<> will begin at
01:42:59 UT and end just under 3œ hours later at 05:09:07 UT, and will
be visible from a slightly smaller area. The total eclipse
<> lasts for over œ an
hour; it begins at 03:00:34 UT and ends at 03:51:32 UT, with the moment
of greatest eclipse at 03:26:05 UT. It is visible over western Asia,
most of the Middle East, Europe, Africa, the Americas (barring extreme
southwestern Alaska), and the eastern Pacific Ocean. Hawaii just misses
out on the total eclipse, and will see the Moon rise about half eclipsed.

The total eclipse should be a spectacular sight, even though quite
short-lived; although the Moon will be just within the Earth's umbral
shadow (the umbral magnitude is 1.111), it should be visibly coloured by
the Earth's atmosphere. Don't miss it!

More information on this eclipse may be found at Fred Espenak's site

The following map shows the areas where the partial eclipse will be visible:



May the clouds part.
- LRK -

Thanks for looking up with me.

Larry Kellogg

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And Google says - LRK -

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