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TheMoMan
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Icon 1 posted July 22, 2009 03:23      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
____________________ So who saw the eclipse? ____________________

____ I mean a bunch of geeks live in the first few time zones, just after the IDL (Int. Date Line) Any one from Japan, China, Aus. or India watch the Eclipse?

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Icon 1 posted July 22, 2009 04:57      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I tried to watch it, but I couldn't see anything, it was dark. (boom-tish, try the veal, don't forget to tip the waitresses)

Actually, the shadow only just clipped the very northern tip of oz, the rest of us missed it.

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TheMoMan
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Icon 1 posted July 22, 2009 05:13      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
______________________ Actually A Geek Question ______________________

____ With the right filters, would it be possible to view the moon during a new moon phase?

____ I am guessing that if you knew where it would be would it shadow (block) other objects?

____ If you had a way of blocking the sun could you see the backside of the Moon, with the reflected light from Earth?

____ Anybody study astronomy?

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Icon 1 posted July 22, 2009 06:54      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
You can see the moon in a new moon phase, just as you can see the full face of moon even in partial phase; it's just darker and you have to look very hard for it. But usually, is is weakly lit by the reflection of the light from the Sun on the Earth. It looks a very dark brown.

Now, if I remember correctly (and I should since I made a fool of myself in a science fair with that), you cannot see the other face of the moon from Earth, as it always shows the same side to the Earth. To see the other face, you have to go in space. And the Moon has a 28-days "day", that is, every part of it has daylight for 14 days (minus recession), then goes into "night" for 14 days. So taken that you are in space to see it, just wait for the "hidden" face of the moon to have daylight and no need for extra reflection.

Ok, I hope I got it right this time! [crazy]

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It's called planetshine.
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I drove to Mexico to see the 1991 total eclipse.

Best.
Thing.
Ever.

Photos of eclipses rarely capture the detail of the corona. This computer-enhanced photo gives you a hint of what it really looked like on that day, standing in the Moon's shadow. Now imagine these fine lines moving like visible electrons...

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If you ever get a chance to see a total eclipse of the Sun, do it. In fact, make room in your life-plan to go see one!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_solar_eclipses_in_the_21st_century

See you in 2017?

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Lunar eclipse, pffa... I want to see a terran eclipse from the moon. Anyone have a schedule when the next one is?

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I saw the 1999 eclipse in Strasbourg. It was pretty cool. The city was filled with people there to see the eclipse and they passed out special glasses so we could watch. When totality hit, it was amazing. Night in mid-day. I can see why the superstitious find it terrifying.

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Our forebears must have squeezed their intestines to string when the sun blacked out suddenly... it's still a little frightening even WITH the scientific explanations...

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