In case you were unaware, there's going to be a total lunar eclipse on the evening of the third/morning of the fourth. It'll be happening late in the night in Europe and Africa, and the eastern coast of America will catch it just as the moon starts to rise.
If you don't know what a lunar eclipse is, it's when the moon is completely shielded from the sun by the earth. A total lunar eclipse only happens a few times a year, and it's really quite amazing to behold! ^__^ The entire moon turns a really pretty coppery shade and looks really big in the night sky.
If you've never seen one, stay up and view it! :3 I've seen about four in my life, and they're super-pretty. Though, I will admit, solar eclipses are a lot more awe-inspiring. ^^;;;
Is anybody else going to watch? Or has anyone else seen a lunar eclipse before?
Valin - oh? how does your obsession usually translate? you watch the moon a lot, or do you go a lot further? :p
So I'm guessing this lunar eclipse isn't your first?
Oh and while we're on the topic of moons- (this is a general question to anyone) - what colour is the moon you see every night? In a previous argument when I was a wee lassie, I declared that it definitely leaned more towards yellow than Blue (opponent's staunch opinion)
The moon is a bit yellowish in appearance where I have seen it. But I hear that the moon can actually appear to be blue sometimes. Though rarely. Kinda gives new meaning to the term "Once in a blue moon."
o.o I always considered it a bluish-grey. It's a rare day around here when the moon shines with an obvious yellow tint. :3
Oh, and Asia, you definitely don't need safety glasses for a lunar eclipse. For a solar one, though, they're absolutely necessary.
Also, here's the times when different parts of the eclipse will occur. ^^;
Penumbral Eclipse Begins: 20:18:11 UT
Partial Eclipse Begins: 21:30:22 UT
Total Eclipse Begins: 22:44:13 UT
Greatest Eclipse: 23:20:56 UT
Total Eclipse Ends: 23:57:37 UT
Partial Eclipse Ends: 01:11:28 UT
Penumbral Eclipse Ends: 02:23:44 UT
We don't have to wear those goggly sunglassy things for a lunar eclipse do we?
I can't believe I've never seen one before! >_<
No equipment is needed, because the sun itself will not be visible. I have seen a lunar eclipse once, but it was very long ago. I want to see this one, but according to my night sky calendar it will appear early in the morning in America's east coast- on a Saturday.
Isn't a Lunar eclipse when the MOON passes over the sun, and a SOLAR one is the opposite? XD
But yeah, I'll record a video of it...
It looks like this.
The Earth's shadow goes over the moon. You know how the moon has 8 phases.. well, a lunar eclipse could let you view all 8 in one night, instead of 1 month. It also turns a rusty sort of color. A solar looks as follows.
The Moon's shadow goes over an area called the Penumbra, which will block out parts of the sun. However, there is always a small area in the center called the umbra that is a total eclipse. When the sun is completely covered, you can see the sun's Corona.
We're on the moon in Science.. so I just learned more of this. According to Andi, I should look for it on my way to school.
I saw the one last year I believe. What I'd really like to see is a Solar Eclipse.
I'll only see part sadly. And I don't even know if I can see it, waht with the weird weahter we're having at this very moment. Still, I hope to see it and I knowof some good places out in the country to see it perfectly.
Total Eclipses are beautiful and are actually safe to watch without eye protection for the duration of the eclipse where the sun is TOTALLY blocked out by the moon. However, you must not look until the sun is completely covered and must look away ASAP after the total eclipse ends.
Do note sunglasses are not adequate protection for solar eclipses no matter their UV rating because the harm also comes from Infrared radiation which is only blocked out by specially designed glasses. These glasses are usually made out of Welder's Glass #14.
And with that said, ZU American Solar Eclipse party in 2017 at my house!
I've seen eclipses before, but I'm not sure if I've ever seen a solar eclipse.
Anyway, I'm interested in catching this one. Now, would someone knowledgeable on the subject be able to tell me if I'm going to be able to see it from Canada's eastern coast? And going by Atlantic time, when would it really begin?