Reminder: Tonight’s the Lunar Eclipse

February 20, 2008

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http://spaceweather.com/eclipses/03mar07f/DiNasso1_med.jpgWe’re two months into our 2008 Travel Events calendar, and in case you forgot to note it down, tonight is a total lunar eclipse, visible from Europe, Africa, and the Americas. USA Today translates the times across the U.S. continental time zones. While Americans can wander outside after finishing dinner, Europe and Africa will have to stay up past their bedtimes to catch a glimpse of an eerily orange moon.

This is the last total eclipse until December 2010. If skies are clear, bundle up, get away from the city lights and check it out!

More about the science behind a total eclipse and tonight’s star-moon-planet triangle can be viewed here.

For the shutterbugs, more information than you ever wanted to know about photographing a lunar eclipse can be found here.

And for fun, two songs to get you in the mood: LUNAR | ECLIPSE

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 travelrat 02.21.08 at 3:00 pm

Wouldn’t you know it! We had 8/8 cloud cover in southern England for the first time for a week!

Oh, well …

2 poetloverrebelspy 02.21.08 at 3:36 pm

travelrat, I couldn’t see it either for the clouds. Drat.

If any readers managed to get a picture, I’d love to see it!

3 travelrat 02.21.08 at 4:02 pm

Got one of the solar eclipse in … when was it? … 1998 ???

98% here … and the cloud cleared just before it happened!

4 Dana 02.25.08 at 7:03 pm

I tried to take a picture, but it ended up just being a very tiny whitish dot in a black expanse. Turns out my nice little digital camera isn’t meant for night sky photography.

The eclipse itself was interesting. I didn’t expect it to last as long as it did, so I was worried that I had missed it when I went out about 20 minutes after the internet said it was scheduled, and it looked only about 1/4 eclipsed. When I went back out hours later, though, it was much more fully eclipsed and very neat. I did still miss the true full eclipse, though. Have to wait until 2010 to try again!

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