Monday, August 27, 2007

Total Eclipse of the Moon -- August 28th

For any interested souls, it's time to set your alarm clocks very early tonight and see a total eclipse of the moon! The big event starts at about 1:50AM PDT, is in the deepest part of the eclipse at 3:37AM PDT, and ends at around 5:24AM PDT. The moon will be in the deepest part of the earth's shadow from 2:52 to 4:22AM PDT. This is the most dramatic part of the eclipse to witness (when the moon is likely to be an interesting shade of deep orange, blood red, or brown), so if you want to limit your night owl hours, go for this time period.

Follow this link to get more information, such as eclipse times for time zones other than Pacific Daylight Time. Unlike a solar eclipse, lunar eclipses are more frequent and visible over a much larger area. They are still a wonder to witness.

For what it's worth, the reason the moon changes color so dramatically is because it's witness to all of the earth's sunrises and sunsets that are occuring at that time. Quite a lovely site for any future lunar explorers or settlers.


Blogger FreeThinker said...

Darn San Francisco fog! I missed the eclipse.

August 28, 2007 8:01 PM  

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