Lunar Eclipse – Mon Feb 20, 2008
I am officially disappointed in the weather last night for the viewing of the lunar eclipse. It’s been rainy and cloudy the last couple of days, and although the rain didn’t come until after the eclipse, it was quite cloudy. The moon was only visible for seconds at a time during the eclipse. For the hour or two leading up to the eclipse it was in perfect view, naturally. Most of the hour looked like the photo above… full cloud cover.
I got lucky and snapped a quick photo during the rare couple second the moon was visible. This isn’t quite what I was hoping for, but it’s the best I could get under the circumstances.
Let’s hope 2010 has better weather conditions.
Total Lunar Eclipse
The Last Total Eclipse of the Moon until December 2010
Heads up, stargazers. Tonight is your last chance to view a total lunar eclipse until December 2010. Those of you good at math already know that 2010 is only 2 years away so this isn’t actually something to panic over. We just like the drama of the “this is your last chance” angle. heh heh
The eclipse can be viewed anywhere in the city where you have a view of the moon, or from the comfort of your favorite science museum that makes learning fun for the whole family: the Miami Science Museum.
Usually one or two lunar eclipses occur each year, although some are only partial eclipses. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow, which can only occur at full Moon. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and Sun, which can only occur at new Moon. Eclipses occur in pairs, about two weeks apart, either a lunar eclipse followed by solar, or a solar eclipse followed by lunar. This month, a solar eclipse occurred February 7th, but was only visible in the Southern Hemisphere.
During the eclipse, the moon usually takes on the color of bright orange to blood-red. Why? Because that is the color of the Earth’s shadow. Recent eclipses have also shown a flash of turquoise. You can thank the ozone for that one. The best time to catch the blues tonight will be at the very beginning and very end of totality which should be around 10:01pm and 10:51pm.
Science is fun!
Free: Live Lunar Eclipse Show with “Star Gazer” Jack Horkheimer (Inside Planetarium Dome)
8:45pm to Midnight
Free: Telescopic Eclipse Viewing (In Museum Courtyard) Plus entire Eclipse will be projected on Planetarium Dome In Enhanced Definition
8:43pm Partial Eclipse begins
10:01pm Total Eclipse Begins
10:51pm Total Eclipse Ends
12:09am Partial Eclipse Ends (on 2/21/08)
Miami Science Museum
3280 South Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33129