Total lunar eclipse: March 3rd 2007

I've been very busy for the past few days in various meetings (both useful and not so useful), so haven't had chance to add anything here. However, I had to take a couple of minutes to let you know about tomorrow's total lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse is when the Earth gets between the Sun and the Moon so stops the Moon being illuminated. Actually, the Moon does get illuminated because the Earth's atmosphere acts as a lens to bend some light around onto the Moon. As the only light reaching the Moon has gone through our atmosphere, most of the blue light will be filtered out so the Moon will probably look orangy or red.

The eclipse is visible from most of the planet apart from New Zealand, eastern Australia, Japan, Alaska and most of the Pacific. There are several images on the net showing the eclipse visibility and times (starts from 20:16 UTC on Saturday night and lasts until 02:25 UTC on Sunday morning 4th March).

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Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Friday 02nd Mar 2007 (09:48 CET) | Permalink
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