Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Tonight: Red Moon

Tonight is the night! A full lunar eclipse.

Here are the details (credit to Yahoo News)
"The eclipse begins at shortly after 8 p.m. ET (5 PT), but the first hour or so won't be noticeable as the Moon becomes lightly shaded by Earth's outer shadow, called the penumbra. Things get real interesting at 9:14 p.m. ET (6:14 PT, when the Moon begins sliding into Earth's full shadow, or umbra.
A dark and growing scallop will then gradually envelop Earth's only natural satellite. Once in total shadow at 10:23 p.m. ET (7:23 PT), the Moon might turn a shade of deep red that frightened the ancients. No two eclipses are alike, however, and astronomers can't say for sure what color to expect, if any."


I am hoping for a clear sky here in Upper Lake to watch the event. It should be dark by 6:14pm. In any case, hopefully it will be televised on FOX World Series coverage. (Makes me laugh, I am not sure why.)

2 comments:

  1. In a strange, strong way, I find it comforting and reassuring that in the midst of all the human maneuvering for power, the moon and earth and sun, and yes deer and wild turkeys and squirrels and little dogs, - do their thing with beauty and grace. Not sure how much I will see in the Atlanta sky, but I will be looking up! always!

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  2. Wilmington, NC, moon was a wild deep red @ 9:30 EST. Found answer as to why here online as soon as we got home. Beautiful.

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