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maestrowork
02-21-2008, 05:13 AM
10 PM ET
7 PM PT

SpookyWriter
02-21-2008, 05:18 AM
10 PM ET
7 PM PTWhat's wrong with CT? You got an issue with people in the middle?

Sarita
02-21-2008, 05:21 AM
:( We're too cloudy to see it.

jst5150
02-21-2008, 05:21 AM
I like how Ray promo'd it like an episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond."

"And tonight, the moon overhears the asteroids in a zany plot ot bombard the Earth! It all happens hear tonight at 10 Eastern, seven Pacific (Between, on Amazon, go now!)" :)

SpookyWriter
02-21-2008, 05:21 AM
:( We're too cloudy to see it.Same here. :rant:

Sage
02-21-2008, 05:26 AM
The clouds have gone away here. I just got home and the moon was so bright! I can't wait.

JoNightshade
02-21-2008, 05:28 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55nTwg5NIPM

I'm sorry. I'm totally incapable of restraining myself.

Williebee
02-21-2008, 05:35 AM
It's cleared up here in Southern Illinois. So...

There's a full lunar eclipse tonite.
I was driving past the local Catholic church a minute ago and it is PACKED... parked cars lining both sides of the roads.
Just then REM's "It's the End of the World as We Know it" starts playing on the radio.


DOO doo DOO doo, DOO doo DOO dooo.

rhymegirl
02-21-2008, 05:54 AM
Oh we have a nice full moon up there in the sky tonight. I just saw it when I went out for a $100,000,000 Powerball ticket.

Fenika
02-21-2008, 06:29 AM
Wow, and to think I was going to go to bed soon... this I gotta see!

Devil Ledbetter
02-21-2008, 06:36 AM
I can see it.

Hillary
02-21-2008, 06:43 AM
I'm excited about the solar eclipse in August. Lunar eclipses aren't as fancy. I'm into fancy.

That said, I just stared out my window at it for a solid 6 or 7 seconds. Woo...

sunna
02-21-2008, 06:53 AM
Purty...

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc206/sunna7kore/moon009.jpg

The_Grand_Duchess
02-21-2008, 07:05 AM
I saw this a little to late. Oh well, better luck next time.

Pat~
02-21-2008, 07:11 AM
I went out to take a look, but we have too many clouds. :(

Ziljon
02-21-2008, 07:12 AM
We're all going to be blind tomorrow.;)

JoNightshade
02-21-2008, 07:17 AM
Can anyone tell me why it doesn't look all the way blacked out? Earlier I could see a definite line progressing across the moon, but now that it's fully eclipsed, I can still see the moon and it looks "browned out." Is it my location, or does the sun's light bend around the earth or what?

SpookyWriter
02-21-2008, 07:19 AM
We're all going to be blind tomorrow.;)I have a blind date tomorrow. Maybe not such a good idea?

Bravo
02-21-2008, 07:22 AM
gorgeous.

that's going to be etched in my brain for a long time to come.

goodnight, my moon.

sunna
02-21-2008, 07:25 AM
That was lovely. I do wish I could have found a way to watch it from the window, though: my fingers are frozen now. Nuthin':) like watching an eclipse when it's -10.

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc206/sunna7kore/IMG_0011.jpg

InfinityGoddess
02-21-2008, 07:29 AM
I saw it as it was partially eclipsed on my way home from class. It was cool. :D

kristie911
02-21-2008, 07:31 AM
Very cool...I was shocked the sky was clear enough to see it. I haven't seen stars in a week!

jst5150
02-21-2008, 07:47 AM
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Can anyone tell me why it doesn't look all the way blacked out? Earlier I could see a definite line progressing across the moon, but now that it's fully eclipsed, I can still see the moon and it looks "browned out." Is it my location, or does the sun's light bend around the earth or what?


The Moon does not completely disappear as it passes through the umbra because of the refraction (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refraction) of sunlight (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunlight) by the Earth's atmosphere into the shadow cone; if the Earth had no atmosphere, the Moon would be completely dark during an eclipse. The red colouring arises because sunlight reaching the Moon must pass through a long and dense layer of the Earth's atmosphere, where it is scattered (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rayleigh_scattering). Shorter wavelengths (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wavelength) are more likely to be scattered by the small particles, and so by the time the light has passed through the atmosphere, the longer wavelengths dominate. This resulting light we perceive as red (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red). This is the same effect that causes sunsets (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunset) and sunrises (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunrise) to turn the sky a reddish colour; an alternative way of considering the problem is to realise that, as viewed from the Moon, the Sun would appear to be setting (or rising) behind the Earth.
The amount of refracted light depends on the amount of dust or clouds in the atmosphere; this also controls how much light is scattered. In general, the dustier the atmosphere, the more that other wavelengths of light will be removed (compared to red light), leaving the resulting light a deeper red colour. This causes the resulting coppery-red hue of the Moon to vary from one eclipse to the next. Volcanoes are notable for expelling large quantities of dust into the atmosphere, and a large eruption shortly before an eclipse can have a large effect on the resulting colour.

reigningcatsndogs
02-21-2008, 07:51 AM
Thanks, Ray, for the OP. I'm watching it with the boys, and its perfect! It's cold and clear here, so the view is excellent.

bluntforcetrauma
02-21-2008, 07:55 AM
Set up my telescope, hooked the camera to the eyepiece and wa-la....it was cloudy.

maestrowork
02-21-2008, 08:08 AM
It's so beautiful. Saturn and Regulus by its side... so gorgeous.

Soccer Mom
02-21-2008, 08:08 AM
Well, the clouds did interfere, but it ws still cool. The kids were interested for about four minutes and then kept bugging me until I finally took them inside.

dolores haze
02-21-2008, 08:08 AM
I'm frozen - but it was worth it! And now I'm going to have an Irish Coffee to warm myself up.

Joycecwilliams
02-21-2008, 08:13 AM
Yeah it was beautiful.

My-Immortal
02-21-2008, 09:08 AM
My little guy (4 yrs old) came running into the family room earlier, "Daddy, daddy, daddy, the moon is hiding behind the earth's shadow...it's SOOOO cool! You gotta see it!"

:)

Stew21
02-21-2008, 09:27 AM
gorgeous.

that's going to be etched in my brain for a long time to come.

goodnight, my moon.


It was breathtaking wasn't it, Brav.

The sky was cloudless - completely wide open view. Wow.

I won't forget it either. I haven't seen one in decades. Gorgeous.

I saw it in a few different points throughout. It smoked over gradually, then unveiled.

gorgeous.

Bravo
02-21-2008, 10:07 AM
there's this quote i had up for a while: there is no perfect life, there's just moments"

this might've been one of those moments for me.

i was studying in the library since there's a got a huge exam tomorrow morning, but i had to go check out the eclipse. it was crazy seeing all these other kids who were just minutes ago incredibly tense just enjoy the scene up in the sky.

i'm actually pretty fortunate to say that i have a lot of those sorts of scenes stored in my brain.

they're good to keep.

glad you saw it too, trish. :)

clockwork
02-21-2008, 04:22 PM
Can anyone tell me why it doesn't look all the way blacked out? Earlier I could see a definite line progressing across the moon, but now that it's fully eclipsed, I can still see the moon and it looks "browned out." Is it my location, or does the sun's light bend around the earth or what?


The Moon does not completely disappear as it passes through the umbra because of the refraction (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refraction) of sunlight (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunlight) by the Earth's atmosphere into the shadow cone; if the Earth had no atmosphere, the Moon would be completely dark during an eclipse. The red colouring arises because sunlight reaching the Moon must pass through a long and dense layer of the Earth's atmosphere, where it is scattered (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rayleigh_scattering). Shorter wavelengths (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wavelength) are more likely to be scattered by the small particles, and so by the time the light has passed through the atmosphere, the longer wavelengths dominate. This resulting light we perceive as red (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red). This is the same effect that causes sunsets (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunset) and sunrises (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunrise) to turn the sky a reddish colour; an alternative way of considering the problem is to realise that, as viewed from the Moon, the Sun would appear to be setting (or rising) behind the Earth.
The amount of refracted light depends on the amount of dust or clouds in the atmosphere; this also controls how much light is scattered. In general, the dustier the atmosphere, the more that other wavelengths of light will be removed (compared to red light), leaving the resulting light a deeper red colour. This causes the resulting coppery-red hue of the Moon to vary from one eclipse to the next. Volcanoes are notable for expelling large quantities of dust into the atmosphere, and a large eruption shortly before an eclipse can have a large effect on the resulting colour.

Yes, what Jason said.

A nice way I heard it put just recently was that during a total eclipse, the moon is blocked by earth's shadow but is still receiving the light of all the sunrise and sunsets on earth, all at the same time. Hence, the red glow.

Sarita
02-21-2008, 05:58 PM
I'm so jealous. I peaked out the window a couple times, but it was so cloudy. Today, bright blue skies. Go figure.

nerds
02-21-2008, 06:07 PM
Our clouds were magically cooperative. As the eclipse progressed they dissipated bit by bit till all became clear at 10 p.m. As if the clouds were doing their own personal reveal at their own pace - "look what we're about to show you!" One of the loveliest eclipses I've seen.

P.H.Delarran
02-21-2008, 06:11 PM
I had a freeway driving lesson, so I pointed us in the right direction and we had a fantastic view. it was hard to keep my student's eye on the road ;)

Shadow_Ferret
02-21-2008, 07:21 PM
Am I the only one who thought that was a whole lot of nuthin?

It got shady. Woopdedoo. I thought it was going to disappear, go all black and such. Nothing. Looked like a dark reddish cloud passed in front of it and nothing more.

Even my kids were kind of disappointed. "You woke me up for that?"

clockwork
02-21-2008, 07:29 PM
Why don't you ask for your money back?

Call up the Federal Trade Commission and ask to be put through to their Astronomy and Celestial Fraud Department. Crack the whip on these scammers!
.

auntybug
02-21-2008, 07:49 PM
It was awesome - even watching it in 2 below zero. Cloudless night for us. My daughter was thrilled - it was her first.

Shadow_Ferret
02-22-2008, 12:28 AM
Why don't you ask for your money back?

.
Yeah, I'm suing Jack Horkheimer. What a snakeoil salesman that guy is.

writerterri
02-22-2008, 01:21 AM
I thought you were talking about my butt!

Nevermind

carryon