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Snaggy

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Be there or be square...

On Wednesday evening, February 20th, the full Moon over the Americas will turn a delightful shade of red.

The first hints of red appear around 10 pm EST (7 pm PST), heralding a profusion of coppery hues that roll across the Moon's surface enveloping every crater, mountain and moon rock, only to fade away again after 11 pm EST (8 pm PST). No special filter or telescope is required to see this spectacular event. It is a bright and leisurely display visible from cities and countryside alike.

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/13feb_lunareclipse.htm

Editor's note: This story is written for an North American American audience, but people in Europe and western Africa are also favored. International maps and timetables may be found here.

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TheMoMan
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_________________________ SNAGGY THANKS for thr the heads up. Weather permitting I will be out looking.

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Snaggy - thanks for the info regarding eclipse times. I was wondering if we would get an eclipse this time, as the rising moon has been particularly impressive this week.

But... the action peaks at 3am round here, and I plan to be snoring in my pit at that time. Luckily, lunar eclipses are quite frequent, so I'll probably wait for the next one.

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Here in oz we enjoyed the associated (partial) solar eclipse a couple of weeks ago.

They often come in pairs.

Remember guys, don't look at that eclipse with the naked eye, or the deadly eclipse-rays will get ya.

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I'll be out with my camera [Smile]
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It will be the last total lunar eclipse until December 21, 2010, so be sure to catch it, if you can.
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yea, I just do't want to wake up at 4 am to see it.

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Huh? Lunar Eclipse? Is that some whacky new IDE?

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quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
Huh? Lunar Eclipse? Is that some whacky new IDE?

It's a commercial version. The developers are demanding payment in Canadian dollars.

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________________________ I don't blame them what with the exchange rate BS.

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Awww, Bogotá is so cloudy I won't see it. But I told my family in Bucaramanga to take pictures for me.

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It's cloudy here too. [ohwell] Oh well, hopefully the skies will be clear in 2010.

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Icon 1 posted February 21, 2008 05:34      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
___________________________ Snaggy Knowing that you were probably out looking at the moon at the deepest part of the Eclipse, did you happon to see some extra shooting stars?

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Snaggy

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Darn it, it started to clear up here but then fog moved in... we missed it. [cry baby]
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I got to see part of it, but then I had to go to bed. Stupid eclipse - can't it happen on week-end? [Wink]

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___________________ Hi All, Okay I was in and out untill it was dark enough that my wifes camera would not pick up the moon any more. If she posts the photos to web shots I will provide a link. I am sorry that all who wished to see the eclipse could not, but then I have missed out on some too. The last try the temps here were about -2DF and when I moved to peer through the view finder, the fabric of my jeans stung my skin, d#$N it was cold no wind just flat out cold.

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It was crystal clear here in central NY, and almost as fscking cold as at MoMan's place -- about 10F above. I brough out our trusty Canon Digital Rebel XT and took some shots. I'm not cool enough to have a remote trigger yet, so my shivering was causing some camera shake problems. (Well, I was cool enough, but not *cool* enough, if you know what I mean.)

Anyway, these two were the best I managed after some rather unprofessional fiddling with shutter speed (click on them for larger sized images).

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Here's mine.
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quote:
Originally posted by Ugh, MightyClub:
It was crystal clear here in central NY, and almost as fscking cold as at MoMan's place -- about 10F above. I brough out our trusty Canon Digital Rebel XT and took some shots. I'm not cool enough to have a remote trigger yet, so my shivering was causing some camera shake problems. (Well, I was cool enough, but not *cool* enough, if you know what I mean.)

Anyway, these two were the best I managed after some rather unprofessional fiddling with shutter speed (click on them for larger sized images).

I used the timer on my camera to take the shots which I have YET to upload. :-p But I had a decent view of the moon from the bathroom window. There might be some reflection from the double-glazing of the window, but I think they came out alright.

Will post some pics when I get around to it. [Razz]

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