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Gilbert
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posted 08-27-2007 02:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Skywatchers may want to set the alarm clock for an earlier ring tomorrow morning. A total lunar eclipse will occur on Tuesday, August 28. The lunar eclipse will begin at 3:53 a.m. (ET) but will only become noticeable to onlookers at 4:51 a.m. when the full moon enters the darker part of the Earth's shadow.

Rizz
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posted 08-28-2007 05:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Totally AWESOME from Maui, 12:54 am.

Good night.

Rizz

Gilbert
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posted 08-28-2007 07:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I viewed the eclipse along with about 75 University of West Georgia students at the college observatory. It was spectacular. We also aimed the big telescope toward Mars, which was high in the morning sky. The students were earning extra credits for the early morning event, but they seemed to enjoy it.

Lunar rock nut
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posted 08-28-2007 07:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar rock nut   Click Here to Email Lunar rock nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here in Oklahoma city we had excellent viewing conditions. I watched from my second story deck on the north side of my house. In 50 years I've seen a few of these although not as exciting as a solar eclipse. I've only experienced one of those in the totality zone and that is something you never forget.

Terry

spaceman1953
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posted 08-28-2007 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
MOST of us in North Central Indiana had clear skies for most of the time the event was visible to us.....of course, like all of the Eastern Time Zone, sunrise came before it was all over.

there was some scattering of clouds....my boss at work did not see it due to them and he was only some 10 miles to the East of where I was at the time.....so that's too bad, 'cause I and getting his to be a real space junkie by giving him the times and directions to hunt for the Space Station/Space Shuttle when we have a good shot at seeing them !

Good deep red hue for totality !

Gene Bella

Ben
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posted 08-28-2007 07:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well I got up and tried a sequence shot (multiple exposure). But it wasn't nearly as bright or impressive as the one in 2004 (the last one visible here). Perhaps the smoke from the fires put a damper on it, as well as low lying mist in the area. Not to mention we only got half before the sun came up here on the east coast :-)
http://www.launchphotography.com/Lunar_Eclipse_2007.html

Gilbert
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posted 08-28-2007 07:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ben,
Is that the Ponce Inlet lighthouse in the photo?
Gilbert

art540
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posted 08-28-2007 10:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for art540   Click Here to Email art540     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Using 25x100 binoculars the eclipse had a nice orange hue in fairly bright skies over the ocean from Southern California. An eclipse is a good time to enjoy the 3-dimensional effect of the moon in space. Other opportunities are the thin crescents of the waxing and waning moons.

stsmithva
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posted 08-29-2007 05:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Ben, thanks for posting that photo. It was very well-done and gave me an idea of what I missed this year. I live in the DC suburbs so light pollution is a problem, but just ten minutes away is Manassas National Battlefield Park. I must take advantage of being able to pull over in the middle for shows like this.

Steve

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