December 18, 2010 |
A total eclipse of the moon will be visible throughout North and Central America from 11:41 p.m. PST Monday until 12:53 a.m. Tuesday, the first such eclipse in almost three years. Weather permitting, observers will see the moon enter the Earth's inner shadow, or umbra, at 10:33 p.m., with a red-brown shadow creeping across the bright moon. This shadow has a curved edge, a fact that was taken as proof to at least some ancients that the Earth is round. The sky will get darker as the shadow progresses across the moon, and more stars will be visible as sunlight reflected from the moon fades.
March 4, 2007 |
The moon darkened, reddened, and turned shades of gray and orange during the first total lunar eclipse in nearly three years, thrilling stargazers and astronomers around the world. The Earth's shadow took over six hours to crawl across the moon's surface, eating it into a crescent shape before engulfing it completely in a spectacle at least partly visible on every continent. The moon began moving out of Earth's shadow just after 5 p.m. PST. The eclipse ended a little more than an hour later.
March 3, 2007 |
The moon will turn shades of amber and crimson tonight as it passes behind Earth's shadow in the first total lunar eclipse in three years. The eclipse will be at least partly visible from Asia to the Americas, although those in Europe, Africa and the Middle East will have the best view. Earth's shadow will begin moving across the moon at 12:18 p.m. PST, with the total eclipse occurring at 2:44 p.m. PST and lasting more than an hour.
March 5, 2006 |
THE temperature drops, the day darkens and dots of sunlight turn into crescents on the ground, light on pale colors rippling as if reflected through a swimming pool. Then the moon fully obscures the sun, which appears to be a black dot in the sky surrounded by a diaphanous halo. Everyone cheers. In the world of fabulous travel experiences, watching a total solar eclipse has little competition. One occurs about every 18 months.
October 27, 2004 |
A total lunar eclipse expected to create views of a blood-red moon will be visible tonight throughout most of North America -- weather permitting. Tonight's event is the only eclipse -- solar or lunar -- visible from nearly all of North America this year, said Fred Espenak, an astronomer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. (A partial solar eclipse Oct. 14 was visible from some parts of Alaska.
November 9, 2003 |
Sky-watchers in every continent but Australia reveled in the relative rarity of a total lunar eclipse Saturday night -- but as stargazers have noted for centuries, it was a matter of celestial perspective. "From the moon, they're having a solar eclipse," said Dean Regas, an astronomer at the Cincinnati Observatory Center, which was founded in 1842 and claims to be the oldest in the U.S.