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Message 1058345 - Posted: 21 Dec 2010, 6:59:04 UTC
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here is a live feed of the lunar eclipse http://www.ustream.tv/spacevidcast
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Message 1058357 - Posted: 21 Dec 2010, 8:07:38 UTC

Lots of clouds and light pollution in Dallas:


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Message 1058366 - Posted: 21 Dec 2010, 8:35:10 UTC

I just froze for two hours outside with my telescope. Clouds started rolling in pretty heavy and I couldn't see through them anymore. Packed it up and went inside. Never got to see one of these through a 'scope before. At 38x, you could see the shadow moving across craters, though it was slow-going.
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Message 1058374 - Posted: 21 Dec 2010, 8:59:40 UTC

Very bad clouds in New England. Worcester Ma could see the moon early in the night but it was gone by the time the eclipse came around. I had a sliver barely visible around 2:17 AM ET. Could not see the shadowed part at all though the clouds.
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Message 1058375 - Posted: 21 Dec 2010, 9:25:22 UTC - in response to Message 1058374.
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Very bad clouds in New England. Worcester Ma could see the moon early in the night but it was gone by the time the eclipse came around. I had a sliver barely visible around 2:17 AM ET. Could not see the shadowed part at all though the clouds.


partial clouds and drizzle here, but I did see the last sliver disappear.

Um.. it is a full moon. If you saw the sliver, you saw the eclipse.

Edit: west coast is back to a half moon visible. Still partially obscured here.
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Message 1058379 - Posted: 21 Dec 2010, 9:49:50 UTC

Snowstorm here....so no chance to view the event.
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Message 1058432 - Posted: 21 Dec 2010, 13:31:48 UTC

It was clear and chilly here in Jacksonville, FL. Perfect eclipse viewing weather. I put a lounge out in the back yard and lay out under a couple of blankets from 1:30 - 2:30 watching it go to totality. Glad I'm retired and don't have to go in to work this morning.

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Message 1058433 - Posted: 21 Dec 2010, 13:32:09 UTC

Cloud and freezing fog here this morning :-(

And that's the second one here that I've missed due to cloudy/wet UK weather :-( :-(


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Message 1058442 - Posted: 21 Dec 2010, 13:52:57 UTC - in response to Message 1058433.

Cloud and freezing fog here this morning :-(

And that's the second one here that I've missed due to cloudy/wet UK weather :-( :-(


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Message 1058446 - Posted: 21 Dec 2010, 14:12:54 UTC

Full moon, on a solstice, with a total lunar eclipse..

Maybe another 3-400 years
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Message 1058448 - Posted: 21 Dec 2010, 14:15:43 UTC - in response to Message 1058442.

Cloud and freezing fog here this morning :-(

And that's the second one here that I've missed due to cloudy/wet UK weather :-( :-(

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I hope you are a vampire, because the event is not likely to happen again in YOUR lifetime.

No, lunar eclipses are fairly common - about five a year, the BBC are saying - and they can be seen from anywhere in the world if the moon is above the horizon. Except the UK, of course. Beautifully bright, crystal clear moonlit and starlit night here around 23:30 UTC, but it had clouded over by 01:30

It's the total solar eclipses which are rare, and location-specific. I saw my one (and probably only) in March 2006, and I had to fly to Turkey to see it (and I had to go and read the front of my souvenir T-shirt to check the date, lol).

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Message 1058450 - Posted: 21 Dec 2010, 14:26:08 UTC

Next one in 2094

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Message 1058560 - Posted: 22 Dec 2010, 0:21:24 UTC

I had no chance to see it as my alarm went off at 3:25 this morning and it was raining buckets.
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Message 1059139 - Posted: 23 Dec 2010, 17:38:06 UTC - in response to Message 1058450.

Next one in 2094

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I dont think that ill wait for that one lol
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Message 1059171 - Posted: 23 Dec 2010, 19:54:34 UTC

Full Lunar eclipses are uncommon. During a full moon much more uncommon.
Full lunar eclipse, during a full moon, on a solstice, extremely uncommon.

Gallileo was under house arrest during the previous one.
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Message 1059176 - Posted: 23 Dec 2010, 20:21:23 UTC - in response to Message 1059171.

Full Lunar eclipses are uncommon. During a full moon much more uncommon.
Full lunar eclipse, during a full moon, on a solstice, extremely uncommon.

Gallileo was under house arrest during the previous one.



You can find eclipse dates on NASA'a Eclipse web site at http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html.

There will be 2 total Lunar eclipses in 2011.

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Message 1059182 - Posted: 23 Dec 2010, 20:50:56 UTC - in response to Message 1059176.

Full Lunar eclipses are uncommon. During a full moon much more uncommon.
Full lunar eclipse, during a full moon, on a solstice, extremely uncommon.

Gallileo was under house arrest during the previous one.



You can find eclipse dates on NASA'a Eclipse web site at http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html.

There will be 2 total Lunar eclipses in 2011.

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And how many during a full moon?
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Message 1059215 - Posted: 23 Dec 2010, 23:19:06 UTC - in response to Message 1059182.
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And how many during a full moon?


For a Lunar eclipse, the moon has to pass through Earth's shadow, either partially or fully, so the moon has to be in Full phase.

The opposite is true for a Solar eclipse, when the moon's phase is always New.

Have a look at this page: http://www.mreclipse.com/Special/LEprimer.html.

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Message 1060894 - Posted: 29 Dec 2010, 17:06:16 UTC

Sadly, it was overcast in New Mexico and I didn't get to see it.

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