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    The Soon-to-be-short-lived 2008 Lunar Eclipse Thread

    Quote Originally posted by Hceux View post
    As of 7:58pm, on Feburary 20, 2008, it is only...

    ...44 minutes left until the moon will be shadowed over.
    ...122 minutes until the lunar eclipse starts.
    ...148 minutes until the mid-eclipse is reached.
    ...173 minutes until the eclipse ends.
    ...291 minutes until the partial eclipse ends.

    Enjoy the sight if you can.
    I'll be setting up our cheap telescope in the backyard shortly after I put our youngest to bed.

    Anyone else?
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    Yup, we're watching. For some reason (maturity, perhaps?) the kids are much more interested this evening (hmm, chance to stay up past normal bedtime?) than in previous lunar eclipses. Skies are clear though it's a bit cool.
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    It's about 11F here, with clear skies.

    Can't get the !@#$! telescope to work. Thankfully, it's not needed.

    Just told my 8 year old son how Columbus used the eclipse to his advantage during his 4th voyage to the New World.
    All these years the people said he’s actin’ like a kid.
    He did not know he could not fly, so he did.
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    Quote Originally posted by SGB View post
    Just told my 8 year old son how Columbus used the eclipse to his advantage during his 4th voyage to the New World.
    It's -18C here.

    Really? Do you mind sharing the story about Columbus using the eclipse with me?

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    Quote Originally posted by Hceux View post
    It's -18C here.

    Really? Do you mind sharing the story about Columbus using the eclipse with me?
    http://starryskies.com/The_sky/event...s.eclipse.html
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    Temp is 20 w/ wind chill 10.

    Which star/planet is that at about 8 o'clock looking at moon ? very bright.
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    Temp about 60. Neighbors looking at us like we are odd. Freak next door neighbor almost parked his pick up on RJ (won't park his pickup in front of his house, parks it in front of ours...). Can't get a decent pic of the eclipse, though. Met a nice neighbor who might be able to fix my issue with Social Security, though..

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    Typical of Dallas, clouds rolled in today and wiped out any chance of seeing the eclipse.

    Crap! My son, who lives in a northern burb, just called and said there was big break in the clouds and he had a really good view. Of course, I raced outside where...it was still cloudy and starting to rain. Bummer!
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    Thanks.

    Didn't know about this story.

    The moon is looking purple here...is it looking purple where you are?

    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Which star/planet is that at about 8 o'clock looking at moon ? very bright.
    Would it be the Saturn? According to a newspaper article at thestar.com, it says, "Saturn is just coming out in the evening sky now and we will see it for the next six months."
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    Quote Originally posted by Hceux View post
    The moon is looking purple here...is it looking purple where you are?
    Here in the Ohio River Valley it is looking burnt orange.
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Temp is 20 w/ wind chill 10.

    Which star/planet is that at about 8 o'clock looking at moon ? very bright.
    Saturn.

    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess View post
    ....Met a nice neighbor who might be able to fix my issue with Social Security, though..
    You forgot to mention she asked me, "Won't it damage our eyes looking at it?"
    She's not from our country....

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Here in the Ohio River Valley it is looking burnt orange.
    Here in the eastern Adirondacks of New York, its looking somewhere between burnt orange and blood red.

    The color differentiations in the eclipsed moon are caused by particles in the atmosphere. Kinda makes me wonder what an eclipse over Beijing looks like these days.
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    Here in NW Missouri, it's the color of cocoa. Took my daughter out to watch it go total eclipse. Sat in the car because it is an insane 10 F here.
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    Too cloudy here in the Metroplex to see the eclipse. I'll have to wait for the next one.
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    We ahd a stellar view of the lunar eclipse last night! The kids bundled up and we stood outside in crunchy snow under crystal clear skies and we watched it through the binoculars. Very surreal at totality.

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    It was too cloudy here in Central Arkansas last night to see it. Guess we will have to wait until 2010 to see it again. Hope it was a good show for everyone!

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    We kept Wee P up about an hour and a half past her bedtime so she could she it. She first asked if the moon was going to explode (I think her cousin told her that) and then if the moon was going to come back after it was "put out." She thought it was really cool that something like this would/could happen. Right before she went to bed, she had to look outthe window one more time.

    Our neighbors walked over and we stood in the driveway for about 30 minutes starring up in the sky. Pretty clear with occassional clouds moving through fast and about 50 degrees.
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