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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Total Lunar Eclipse Aug 28th, 2007

There has been some crazy things going on in the cosmos, one can only say it cool to have a Lunar eclipse and 1 day before my birthday!

Eclipse timetable for Aug. 28
Moon enters penumbra 4:54a 3:54a 2:54a 1:54a 12:54a
Moon enters umbra 5:51a 4:51a 3:51a 2:51a 1:51a
Totality begins - 5:52a 4:52a 3:52a 2:52a
Midtotality - 6:37a 5:37a 4:37a 3:37a
Totality ends - - 6:22a 5:22a 4:22a
Moon leaves umbra - - - 6:24a 5:24a
Moon leaves penumbra - - - - 6:21a

A total eclipse of the Moon occurs during the early morning of Tuesday, August 28, 2007. The event is widely visible from the United States and Canada as well as South America, the Pacific Ocean, western Asia and Australia. 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.


1 comment:

Caroline Eltrich said...

I'm sorry I missed your birthday! Happy belated-ness dude.... I miss you! When are you coming back Colorado way? Do tell!!!