Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Total Lunar Eclipse

So I've dodged the flu bullet all winter and yesterday it finally struck my core. I'm sick and running a fever and up-chucking left and right. I miss my Mommy.

Buuuuuuut....

There is a Total Lunar Eclipse tonight I'd thought I'd pimp out:

On Wednesday, February 20, 2008, beginning at 7:01 p.m. PST, the moon will move completely under the shadow of the Earth in a total lunar eclipse. The eclipse can be seen in the Americas, Europe, and Africa. Hope for good weather because the next total lunar eclipse won't happen until December 2010.

The moon will be completely under Earth's shadow for about 50 minutes. During this time, the moon won't be completely obscured because of indirect light coming from the Earth's atmosphere. But the moon will appear to change colors from light gray to orange or deep red. The shade depends on the amount of dust and clouds in the Earth's atmosphere.

For you West Coasters the eclipse starts at 7:01PM, Mountain region 8:01, Central 9:01 and us amazing East Coasters 10:01.

2 comments:

Greg said...

We didn't see much of the redness of the moon, but watching the shadow slowly cover then reveal it was fantastic. We were walking to dinner, glancing occasionally at it as were many others -- even two of the firemen from a few doors down.

David said...

I caught a bit on the way home last night. Looked totally like a "Ten Commandments" tenth plague moment, ifyanowhutumsayin.