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Lunar Eclipse, a Spectacle for Europe

Published by Rob on Sun Mar 4, 2007 5:06 pm
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eclspaecThe evening of the Third of March 2007 was all set to be a spectacle for sky watchers across Europe and most of the rest of the world. All that sky watchers needed was a few minutes of clear sky from between 22:45- 24:00 GMT. During a total Lunar Eclipse the Earth falls between the Sun and the Moon, this area is called the “Umbra”. Watching through the night at first the Moon seems to be eaten away as it slowly has the Earth’s shadow thrown across its surface. This is a speactle of an event to see as the Moon slowly dissapears however this is nothing compared to what happens afterwards. When the Moon is fully in the Umbra the light reaching the Moon is only a tiny amount that has travelled through and over the Earth’s atmosphere, because of this the Moon starts to become bright red, not a slight reddish colour but literally like having Mars on our doorstep.

Watching from the UK the skies became clear for the duration of the event. The Moon was bright red from between 23:00 and 24:00. The eclipse was one of the best in years for European observers and the next full eclipse will be Feb 21st 2008 while there is one for Asia, Aus., Pacific, and Americas in August 2007.

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Article by Robert Goldsmith Senior Spacefellowship reporter
Photos taken by Robert Goldsmith Spacefellowship.com 04/03/07

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