Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Moon block

5:15 am. See the penumbra of the lunar eclipse. The top 40% of the moon is grayed out.

5:40 am. The upper 95% appears obscured. The lower disc looks blood orange.

5:45 am. Clouds hang low on the horizon and obscure the moon. And then the sun rises. No more viewing, but it was amazing for those few minutes.

The next total lunar eclipse - and, again viewable in North America - returns on 21 February of next year.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth is interposed between the sun and the moon, darkening the moon's disc (as opposed to a solar eclipse when the moon is set between the earth and the sun during daylight, blocking out the sun).

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