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  Lunar eclipse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For an eclipse to occur, the Moon must be near its orbital node —the intersection of the orbital planes.
If you were on the Moon's surface during a lunar eclipse you would witness a solar eclipse, with the Earth passing in front of the Sun (as is explained above, the term solar "eclipse"—although used frequently—is actually a misnomer; the event is an occultation of the Sun).
The eclipse on May 15 grazed the northern edge of the earth's shadow, and the eclipse on November 8 grazed the southern edge.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Lunar_eclipse   (954 words)

 Eclipse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The term is most often used to describe either a solar eclipse, when the Moon's shadow crosses Earth's surface, or a lunar eclipse, when the Moon moves into the shadow of Earth.
An eclipse is a type of syzygy, as are transits and occultations.
The ratio between the apparent sizes of the eclipsing body and that of the luminary is called the magnitude of the eclipse.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Eclipse   (1298 words)

 Lunar eclipse: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
An eclipse (greek verb: ecleipo = cease to exist) is an astronomical event that occurs when one celestial object moves into the shadow of another....
Eclipses may occur repeatedly, separated by some specific interval of time: this interval is called an eclipse cycle....
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www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/l/lu/lunar_eclipse.htm   (1614 words)

 Lunar eclipse Info - Encyclopedia WikiWhat.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Lunar eclipses are only possible during a full moon, when the Moon is directly opposite the Sun.
If you were on the Moon during a lunar eclipse you would witness a solar eclipse, with the Earth passing in front of the Sun.
Ancient Greeks noticed that during lunar eclipses the edge of the shadow was always circular.
wikiwhat.com /encyclopedia/l/lu/lunar_eclipse.html   (397 words)

 BBC - Science & Nature - Space - Lunar Eclipse
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the Moon and the Sun.
During a lunar eclipse, the Earth passes between the Sun and the Moon, blocking the Sun’s light.
Lunar eclipses are not as spectacular as Solar eclipses, when day turns to night.
www.bbc.co.uk /science/space/solarsystem/earth/lunareclipse.shtml   (293 words)

 Lunar Eclipse
When the Earth passes between the Sun and the Moon so that the Moon is in Earth's shadow, a lunar eclipse occurs for everyone on the nighttime side of the Earth.
The large cone shaped shadow of the Earth (the umbra) envelops the Moon during a lunar eclipse.
Lunar eclipses happen only when the moon is full, but they do not happen to every full moon.
science.donnayoung.org /stars/lunarinf.htm   (194 words)

 Pacific Lunar Eclipse   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Judging from the appearance of the Moon during the last lunar eclipse in January 2000, astronomers expect the Moon to turn a striking reddish-orange color.
Unlike total solar eclipses, which persist for a few minutes at most and can be seen only along a very narrow track measuring a few kilometers across, lunar eclipses are slow and they are visible over much of our planet when they happen.
During the total lunar eclipse of December 1992, dust from the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines rendered the Moon nearly invisible.
spacescience.com /headlines/y2000/ast14jul_1m.htm?list   (1079 words)

 NASA - Lunar Eclipse
This is the second lunar eclipse of 2003.
Lunar eclipses are considered total when the moon passes completely into Earth's umbral shadow.
Eclipse times in this article are given in terms of UT. If you need help translating that to your local time zone, visit time.gov or check the US Naval Observatory's standard time zone conversions.
www.nasa.gov /vision/universe/watchtheskies/04nov_lunareclipse2.html   (736 words)

 Lunar Eclipse October 27, 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The total phase of the eclipse will last 1 hour and 22 minutes, and the Moon will be conveniently high in the eastern sky after dark while most people are still awake and about.
There is absolutely no danger when looking at a lunar eclipse with the naked eye or when looking at it through a telescope or binoculars, since an eclipse of the Moon only appears sometime after sunset — when the Sun is below the horizon.
The next total lunar eclipse occurs in 2½ years, on March 3, 2007, and favors Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, though skywatchers on the east coast of the Americas will also see much of it, weather permitting.
www.andrewfazekas.com /lunar-eclipse.htm   (426 words)

 CNN.com - Last chance until 2007: Total lunar eclipse Wednesday - Oct 27, 2004
A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth passes between the sun and the moon.
Lunar eclipses occur when Earth's shadow prevents sunlight from reflecting off the moon.
Telescopes are not needed to enjoy a lunar eclipse, but binoculars or a low-power telescope will enhance the color, astronomers advise.
www.cnn.com /2004/TECH/space/10/27/lunar.eclipse   (657 words)

 Lunar Eclipse - Astronomy for Kids   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
If you see a chart that says the lunar eclipse is going to be penumbral, this means that the Moon will only pass through the lighter part of Earth's shadow.
A total lunar eclipse, which is by far the most beautiful, occurs when the entire Moon is in the darkest part of Earth's shadow.
A picture of the Moon during a lunar eclipse.
www.dustbunny.com /afk/skywonders/lunareclipse   (462 words)

 Hermit Eclipse: Science: Mechanics of Lunar Eclipses
For that reason, the types of lunar eclipses don't correspond exactly to the types of solar eclipses.
Our lunar observer would see a total solar eclipse; we see the Moon darkened, but glowing a dull red from light scattered by the Earth's atmosphere.
In the later stages of a partial eclipse, as the Moon darkens, red coloration may become visible on the shadowed side of the Moon.
www.hermit.org /Eclipse/why_lunar.html   (656 words)

 SPACE.com -- Viewer's Guide: Oct. 27 Total Lunar Eclipse
Although the eclipse begins officially at this moment, this is in essence an academic event.
The partial phases of the eclipse begin; the pace quickens and the change is dramatic.
Here is visible evidence that the Earth is a sphere, as deduced by Aristotle from lunar eclipses he observed in the 4th Century BC.
www.space.com /spacewatch/041022_eclipse_guide.html   (1508 words)

 BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Skywatchers await lunar eclipse
Lunar eclipses are an enchanting spectacle of nature, delightfully reminding us of the cycles and rhythms of the cosmos, of which we are only spectators.
During a total lunar eclipse the only light that can reach the Moon's surface has been refracted through our planet's atmosphere on the limb of the Earth as seen from the Moon.
In 1503, Christopher Columbus, stranded in the Caribbean, used a lunar eclipse he knew would take place to impress the natives and secure respect and fear, as well as a regular supply of food.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/science/nature/3020737.stm   (438 words)

 The first lunar eclipse of 2000 is this week   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Unlike a solar eclipse, which requires special equipment to observe safely, a lunar eclipse can be viewed with the unaided eye, even by Siberian Huskies.
Lunar eclipses are considered total when the Moon passes completely into the umbral shadow.
During the total lunar eclipse of December 1992, dust from Mount Pinatubo rendered the Moon nearly invisible.
spacescience.com /headlines/y2000/ast19jan_1.htm   (939 words)

 NASA - A Lunar Convergence: Eclipse & Return to the Moon
Wednesday night brings us a total lunar eclipse visible throughout the country, while at the same time NASA begins preparations to return to the Moon with its new focus on exploration.
Lunar eclipses are one of the most beautiful and easiest celestial events to witness - just walk outside and look up - no telescopes or special glasses required.
Temperatures on the lunar surface range from a steamy 212 F (100 C) to a freezing -200 F (-150C).
www.nasa.gov /vision/universe/solarsystem/lunar1027.html   (713 words)

 CNN.com - Lunar eclipse to turn moon red - Nov. 8, 2003
Saturday's lunar eclipse will be followed by the Leonid meteor shower, a total solar eclipse over the southern hemisphere -- and a chance for more auroras if the sun stays active.
Unlike eclipses of the sun, which can damage viewers' unprotected eyes, lunar eclipses are safe to watch with the naked eye or binoculars.
Total lunar eclipses come in many colors, from dark brown and red to bright orange, yellow and even gray, depending on how much dust and clouds are in the Earth's atmosphere at that time, Maran said.
www.cnn.com /2003/TECH/space/11/06/lunar.eclipse.ap   (640 words)

 Hulk'in Lunar Eclipse
On Wednesday, October 27th, 2004, there was a lunar eclipse that was not only visible from my house (located near Boulder, Colorado at N40°01'07"" and W105°07'36") but also at a reasonable hour to view.
The lunar eclipse started at 1632 (all times MST) and ended at 2004, with a total lunar eclipse from 1806-1830.
This ended up being different/neat compared to most lunar eclipse pictures that I've seen as it clearly shows how the moon "moves" across the sky in the 114 seconds between the first and last shot.
www.komar.org /faq/lunar-eclipse   (781 words)

 Lunar Eclipse Photography
If the eclipse occurs in the early evening, the Moon will be rising and its motion brings it up and to the right as you face the Moon.
If the eclipse occurs during the early morning hours, the Moon is setting and its motion takes it down and to the right.
To plan your eclipse photography, you'll need to know when lunar eclipses are predicted to occur and the contact times of the partial and total phases.
www.mreclipse.com /LEphoto/LEphoto.html   (2811 words)

 Catch the lunar eclipse while you can - Space.com - MSNBC.com
There have been four total lunar eclipses during the past 18 months, but there won't be another one until March 3, 2007.
Depending on the plans and whims of Fox television producers and camera operators, and the realities of the weather, shots of the eclipse could be broadcast to the largest audience ever to see one.
Several live Webcasts of the eclipse are planned from many countries, so even though some locations will be clouded out, viewing opportunities remain high.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/6345294?GT1=5472   (785 words)

 lunar2   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
From time to time, the Moon (or a portion of it) enters the Earth's shadow in what is known as a lunar eclipse.The Moon is dimmed partially or almost completely, depending on whether it passes through the less dark part of the Earth's shadow, the penumbra, or the darker part, the umbra.
Scientists were concerned that whenever the Lunar Prospector was in the darkness of the Earth's shadow, its batteries could have drained to the point where they could not be recharged.
Prospector survived penumbral lunar eclipses on September 6, 1998, and January 31, 1999, without damage.
lunar.arc.nasa.gov /science/eclipse.htm   (148 words)

 Lunar Eclipses for Beginners
Fortunately, lunar eclipse photography is easy provided that you have the right equipment and use it correctly.
Penumbral eclipses are rarely discernable to the naked eye and are of lesser importance than umbral eclipses.
The next total lunar eclipse occurs on Mar. 3-4, 2007 and will be visible from the North and South America, Europe, Africa and much of Asia.
www.mreclipse.com /Special/LEprimer.html   (1629 words)

 Lunar Eclipse- The Moon
Total Eclipse - When the entire moon enters the Earth's umbra (the darkest part of its shadow), this is called a total eclipse.
During an average total lunar eclipse, the moon is within the Earth's umbra for about an hour.
Since the plane of the moon's orbit is inclined about 5°: from the plane of the Earth's orbit, lunar eclipses are relatively infrequent.
www.enchantedlearning.com /subjects/astronomy/moon/Lunareclipse.shtml   (185 words)

 BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Red Moon dives behind Earth
A lunar eclipse has no great importance astronomically but can be enjoyed by many people without special equipment.
Although lunar eclipses have no great scientific significance, they are a spectacle of nature that delights and enthrals.
But as superstition has given way to reason, a lunar eclipse has rightly come to be regarded as an example of the majestic clockwork of the heavens.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/sci/tech/3249951.stm   (578 words)

 October Lunar Eclipse
October 13, 2004: According to folklore, October's full moon is called the "Hunter's Moon" or sometimes the "Blood Moon." It gets its name from hunters who tracked and killed their prey by autumn moonlight, stockpiling food for the winter ahead.
When a ray of "white" sunlight passes at grazing incidence through Earth's atmosphere, molecules and aerosols in the air scatter blue light in all directions (this is why the sky is blue).
The remaining reddish light is bent (refracted) into Earth's umbral shadow zone, giving the eclipsed Moon a coppery glow.
science.nasa.gov /headlines/y2004/13oct_lunareclipse.htm   (530 words)

 The StarrySkies Lunar Eclipse Pages   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
A total lunar eclipse will soon darken the full moon for most of North and South America, Europe, and Africa.
They feared lunar eclipses, thinking it might even be the end of the world.
This form is processed by the U.S. Naval Observatory's Lunar Eclipse Computer.
www.starryskies.com /The_sky/events/lunar-2003/eclipse-Nov8.html   (387 words)

 Sky-Watchers Await Total Lunar Eclipse on Thursday   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The next chance to catch a total lunar eclipse will be November 9, followed by total lunar eclipses on May 4 and October 28 in 2004.
During a total solar eclipse, the new moon passes in front of the sun and momentarily casts day into the darkness of night.
But during a total lunar eclipse, the moon remains at least partially lit during the event.
news.nationalgeographic.com /news/2003/05/0512_030512_lunareclipse.html   (773 words)

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