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Archive for Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lunar eclipse tonight

Partial eclipse will begin about 7:45 p.m.

The moon is pictured in stages leading up to a full eclipse on Wednesday. Clouds rolled into Lawrence about 8:30 p.m., blocking the final stages of the eclipse, which, according to NASA, will be the last total lunar eclipse in the U.S. until Dec. 20, 2010.

The moon is pictured in stages leading up to a full eclipse on Wednesday. Clouds rolled into Lawrence about 8:30 p.m., blocking the final stages of the eclipse, which, according to NASA, will be the last total lunar eclipse in the U.S. until Dec. 20, 2010.

February 20, 2008

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Tonight's eclipse of the moon will begin about 7:45 p.m., and the viewing from Lawrence backyards should be clear - but cold.

The phenomenon can be seen in Lawrence, beginning with a partial eclipse about 7:45 p.m. By 9 p.m., the moon will be totally eclipsed and will remain that way until about 9:50 p.m., according to NASA. Then the partial eclipse will end about 11 p.m.

About 8:30 this evening, however, some clouds rolled in and will limit the view for the next couple of hours. Some breaks in the cloud cover are expected, which may allow some viewing of the eclipse. And temperatures - and wind chills - will be extremely cold.

Schack predicts tonight's temperatures at 12 to 14 degrees, but winds will make that feel much colder - ranging from 3 degrees above zero down to 5 degrees below zero.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the sun and the moon, so the Earth's shadow is cast over the moon.

Although this will be the third total lunar eclipse visible in the U.S. in about a year, that doesn't mean they're a frequent event. According to NASA, this is the last chance for a total lunar eclipse in the U.S. until Dec. 20, 2010.

Comments

aeroscout17 6 years, 10 months ago

...but I can't see the moon during those times from my backyard! (Sorry, couldn't resist)

Ian Brown 6 years, 10 months ago

Thank you, incoming snow storm, for ruining our view of the beautiful, total lunar eclipse. Well, I suppose we have to fit in our weekly snow storm sometime since that has become this winters trend. Nevermind the relatively rare total lunar eclipse, the sight of which we will not have the opportunity to view again until 2010. I am sick of the snow. Bring on spring.

blahblahblah 6 years, 10 months ago

Probably the same as the luney far-right, they'll see an eclipse???

vigil05 6 years, 10 months ago

Don't see it here at my apartment... Anyway, since we're on the topic of watching celestial objects, are there any active astronomy clubs in Lawrence?

Paul Decelles 6 years, 10 months ago

ibrown3,

The Kansas state song says "...and the skies are not cloudy all day." Clearly that includes skies that are cloudy 99% of the time during the day AND doesn't say anything about the nights. They can be completely cloudy.

Christine Pennewell Davis 6 years, 10 months ago

saw the rings around saturn so cool darn clouds ruined the night.

Drew_Carey 6 years, 10 months ago

R_T See the new joke on moment of truth blog.

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