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Posted : Oct 27, 2004 15:17
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October’s brick-red moon - total lunar eclipse, 28 October 2004
In the early morning of 28 October, British astronomers and the general public will have the chance to watch one of the night sky’s most beautiful events - a total eclipse of the Moon. The next chance to see one will be March 2007 so it is well worth staying up for.
No special equipment is needed to watch a lunar eclipse and the unaided eye often has the best view, particularly when the Moon is near the horizon. Unlike solar eclipses, they are completely safe to observe – the only precaution is to wear warm clothing for a cold October night!
Total lunar eclipses occur when the full Moon is exactly in line with the Earth and Sun and moves into the Earth’s shadow. They can be seen wherever the Moon is above the horizon and so, from a given spot on the Earth’s surface, are much more common than solar eclipses, although they are still unusual events. This eclipse is visible in its entirety from western Europe (including the whole of the British Isles), north-western Africa, the eastern half of North America and all of South America.
On 28 October, the Moon will appear in front of the stars in the constellation of Aries which will be high in the south at the start of the eclipse. The Moon will enter the lighter, penumbral shadow of the Earth at 01.05 BST and the darker umbral shadow at 02.14 BST. It will be completely immersed in the Earth’s shadow (totally eclipsed) by 03.23 BST.
During the total eclipse the Moon will darken considerably but will still be one of the brightest objects in the sky. It will probably take on a beautiful brick-red hue as a result of light from the Sun being refracted onto the lunar surface by the Earth’s atmosphere. This colour can change considerably after a volcanic eruption – when large amounts of dust in the atmosphere can make the Moon appear much darker. This time the northern lunar limb is much closer to the edge of the Earth’s shadow so will appear much brighter than the southern edge of the Moon.
At 04.44 BST totality will end as the Moon begins to emerge from the Earth’s umbral shadow and then appears to brighten steadily. By 05.53 BST it will have left the darkest shadow completely but keen-eyed observers may still see a yellow hue on the lunar surface – the result of the lighter penumbral terrestrial shadow. At 07.03 BST the eclipse finally ends with the Moon low on the western horizon.
high my friends, Red Lunar Skywalker today
"as you already know, we having a total Moon eclipse, 27 october 2004!
Next is 2007!!! So no matter where you are, Be connected!
But I have to invite you!
Have a High One, this eclipse is a wish eclipse counts for 3 years!
Be carefull what you wish!!!
in lak'ech, Universal Assistent
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