Last Total Lunar Eclipse Until 2010

February 20, 2008 04:13 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Occurring only during a full moon, total lunar eclipses are relatively rare. Tonight's will last about three and a half hours.

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Tonight’s total lunar eclipse will begin at approximately 8:43 p.m. EST, and end at about 12:09 a.m. on Thursday. The phenomenon will not recur until 2010.

Weather permitting, the event will be visible from all over the planet except South and East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Oceania and parts of the Middle East.

New Scientist reports that the most impressive phase of the eclipse will happen between about 10:01 and 10:51 p.m. EST, “when the Earth's shadow will completely cover the Moon.”

According to the NASA-recommended Web site Mr. Eclipse, a total lunar eclipse happens when the full moon “passes through some portion of the Earth’s shadow," when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon.
The site also states that about 35 percent of lunar eclipses are total eclipses. When one occurs, everyone on the night-side of the Earth can see the moon change colors as it turns orange, red, brown and occasionally a dark grey.

Headline Link: ‘Moon Set for Last Total Eclipse Until 2010’

Background: Time zone conversion, and what is an eclipse?

Reference: NASA


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