Lunar eclipse

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Those of you living on the moon will see a rare sight tonight, a total solar eclipse. Not coincidentally, the entire US, and very little where else will see a total lunar eclipse. This will be one to tell your grandchildren about since there won't be another until June 15, 2011. Don't look directly at the eclipse. Instead, poke a pinhole in a piece of paper, hold it up and look at the shadow. Don't look at the shadow until it is completely invisible. Then imagine what it would look like if only you could see it. Depending on your imaginative powers, it should be quite spectacular.
 

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And - for the first time in 372 years, a total lunar eclipse falls on the winter solstice. It last happened in 1638.
 
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Total lunar eclipse.
Science types do like genius Jimmy said and all that.
Mystical types actually sleep "through" them:
Sefer Yetzirah chapter 6.
 
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Weathers always cloudy here, probably won't see it, but keeping an eye on the weather.
 
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the entire US, and very little where else

Nice to know that your larger neighbor to the North is "very little where else".
 
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We don't have a moon in Oregon.
 
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Nice to know that your larger neighbor to the North is "very little where else".
Oops, I meant North America, but wrote US. Must be my inner chauvinist.
 
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Sleep well tonight Jimmy. :wink:
 
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I'd love to see it, but it's snowing here, and not looking to stop snytime soon. Those of you who can, enjoy!
 
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It was fairly clear here earlier tonight, but now it's clouding over. :frown:

Through the thin spots in the clouds I think I can see the eclipse has begun.
 
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It was fairly clear here earlier tonight, but now it's clouding over. :frown:

Through the thin spots in the clouds I think I can see the eclipse has begun.

That's pretty cool, since it doesn't start for another 3 minutes or so.
 
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It began here recently:
Michigan, N of Detroit

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Moon's almost all the way gone here
 
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Yup moons basically in a total eclipse right now. Went out to see it at various stages, was pretty cool. My little brother is absolutely amazed by it.
 
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The colors on the moon are pretty cool.
 
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Looking at it right now. It's rather bizzare looking. I don't remember it looking as remarkable as it does now. It's almost creepy... haha. I've seen one before but I don't remember there being red on one of the lunar hemispheres. Is the red color do to some type of atmospheric filtering of light or because of the point of view one is seeing the lunar eclipse?
 
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Amazingly, the clouds have parted here. There are clouds down towards the horizon in all directions, but a broad swathe of clear sky overhead, with the dull-red moon clearly visible. Impressive!
 
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Is the red color do to some type of atmospheric filtering of light ?
Yes. From the moon, you can see a red ring around the earth, that is all of the sunsets around the world. The red from the sunsets lights up the moon.
 
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Visible from northern U.K. Never knew anything about it until I was walking into work this morning and it was near totality. Looked wonderful.
 
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[PLAIN]http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs907.snc4/72090_474714533762_521058762_5910034_8327130_n.jpg [Broken]

The last one we could take before it totally clouded over.
 
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We don't have a moon in Oregon.

It's that thing which sometimes casts tiny bits of light through the branches on days which are less cloudy.

Oh, wait... That's the Sun.
 
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For those of us in the UK. On the 4th of January at 8.20am we will experience a 60% solar eclipse. Last seen in London around 11 years ago.
 
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For those of us in the UK. On the 4th of January at 8.20am we will experience a 60% solar eclipse. Last seen in London around 11 years ago.

To be fair, it's going to be visible over virtually all of Europe and the Arabian Peninsula as well, and we have people from all over at PF.
 
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To be fair, it's going to be visible over virtually all of Europe and the Arabian Peninsula as well, and we have people from all over at PF.

I stand corrected, I heard this on a UK astronomy program and was unaware how far it could be seen from.
 
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Here is a time lapse of the eclipse for those who could not view it due to weather (myself included). It has some wonderful cello music to go along with.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhZWIgUUPZ8

I did not make this video btw. Just really liked it and thought I would share.
 

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