Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Feburary 20 Total Lunar Eclipse Information

A total eclipse of the Moon occurs during the night of Wednesday, February 20th for North/South American viewers. The Earth’s shadow will totally engulf the Moon from 8:00 to 8:52 p.m. (min eclipse at 8:26) Mountain Standard Time, or 9:00 to 9:52 p.m.(mid eclipse at 9:26) Central Standard Time with partial phases of the eclipse lasting about an hour and a quarter before and after totality. The Universe Today has a great article about it and eclpises in general. Now would also be a good time to print out a star chart , (or this one) )for free and learn a little about the night sky. Here is a link to the Wikipedia article explaining a lunar eclipse in detail. While you are at it, why not get Virtual Moon Atlas or Google Moon to see close up all kinds of surface features you wouldn't see with even the best ground based telescope. (Just don't zoom in too close in google moon or you'll discover a secret that NASA has been keeping for years)

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