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Total Lunar Eclipse This Weekend 133

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the umbra-and-penumbra dept.
SeaDour writes "This Saturday night, March 3rd, a total lunar eclipse will be visible from nearly all inhabited parts of the world. A great shadow will stretch across the surface of the moon, eventually casting it in an eerie red glow as sunlight filters through our atmosphere onto the lunar surface. Viewers in Europe and Africa will have the best vantage point, able to watch the entire eclipse in action, while observers in most of the western hemisphere can see it eclipsed as it rises just after sunset."
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Total Lunar Eclipse This Weekend

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  • by wkk2 (808881) on Saturday March 03, 2007 @11:26AM (#18217704)
    It will start 10 minutes after the clouds arrive. Sorry, but that is what usually happens.
  • by JackMeyhoff (1070484) on Saturday March 03, 2007 @11:27AM (#18217724)
    Be afraid of those clouds look like 2 fists grabbing the moon's disc :) Lunar goatse!
  • clouds (Score:4, Funny)

    by Njovich (553857) on Saturday March 03, 2007 @11:27AM (#18217728)
    Viewers in Europe and Africa will have the best vantage point, able to watch the entire eclipse in action

    Except in the regions around England and the low countries, of course, where it is always clouded.
  • Re:Panic?! (Score:5, Funny)

    by orasio (188021) on Saturday March 03, 2007 @11:51AM (#18217904) Homepage
    Yes, we in the third world, as the uneducated subhumans that we are, will look at the big tit in the ceiling, as we like to call it, turn red and dissapear, and believe that the world has come to an end, running around with our arms up in the sky.

  • Re:Panic?! (Score:4, Funny)

    by ultranova (717540) on Saturday March 03, 2007 @12:12PM (#18218026)

    Yes, we in the third world, as the uneducated subhumans that we are

    A "glass is half empty" type, I see. Try positive thinking: start referring to yourselfs as supermonkeys !-)

    will look at the big tit in the ceiling, as we like to call it, turn red and dissapear, and believe that the world has come to an end, running around with our arms up in the sky.

    All I see here in Finland are clouds :(.

    And the Moon doesn't disappear during a lunar eclipse, it is perfectly visible, just dimmer and redder than usual. Maybe you supermonkeys have bad eyesight as well ?

  • by TheScreenIsnt (939701) on Saturday March 03, 2007 @12:18PM (#18218078)
    "Total Lunar Eclipse This Weekend a Hoax."
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 03, 2007 @12:19PM (#18218080)
    I'm sorry, but I don't understand your current FOX measurement standard of time. Please convert this into '24' hours. For example, "The following events takes place between the hours of 5:00pm and 6:00pm on the day of the lunar eclipse." Oh, and will there be any plot twists involved?
  • Eric Idle (Score:5, Funny)

    by pipingguy (566974) on Saturday March 03, 2007 @12:19PM (#18218086) Homepage
    Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
    And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour,
    That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned,
    A sun that is the source of all our power.
    The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see
    Are moving at a million miles a day
    In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour,
    Of the galaxy we call the 'Milky Way'.

    Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars.
    It's a hundred thousand light years side to side.
    It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick,
    But out by us, it's just three thousand light years wide.
    We're thirty thousand light years from galactic central point.
    We go 'round every two hundred million years,
    And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
    In this amazing and expanding universe.

    The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
    In all of the directions it can whizz
    As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know,
    Twelve million miles a minute, and that's the fastest speed there is.
    So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
    How amazingly unlikely is your birth,
    And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,
    'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth.
  • by dosquatch (924618) on Saturday March 03, 2007 @12:46PM (#18218260) Journal

    Oh, and will there be any plot twists involved?

    The following events take place between the hours of 8:00pm and 9:00pm EST:

    • NBC - David Copperfield special: "Making the Moon Disappear!"
    • CBS - David Blaine special: "No Sooner than Lunar, The Vanishing"
    • ABC - Criss Angel special: "Taking My Ball and Going Home: The Moon is Mine"
    • FOX - John Edward special: "Channelling Houdini: Souls of the Lost Moon"
    • DSC - Mythbusters special: "Superstition Run Amok: The moon is Still There, Stupid"
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 03, 2007 @12:50PM (#18218288)
    The third world? When I think about countries run by crazy superstitious people, the US is the first place that comes to mind:

    As the moon turns red...
    "Quick, everyone pray, the rapture is starting!"
    "But NASA said it's just..."
    "Yeah, NASA also said your grandparents were monkeys. Now get praying, cos God's coming back!"
  • Re:clouds (Score:3, Funny)

    by hcdejong (561314) <`ln.tensmx' `ta' `sebboh'> on Saturday March 03, 2007 @12:56PM (#18218334)
    To quote Asterix,
    Q: "does it rain here often?"
    A: "Only when there's no fog"

    Over here (.nl) there's some cloud cover ATM, but I'd say it's less than 50%. The national met office reports a good chance at clear skies tonight.
  • by squiggleslash (241428) on Saturday March 03, 2007 @01:09PM (#18218454) Homepage Journal

    That reminds me: Remember folks, a Solar Eclipse is when the Moon gets between the Earth and the Sun. Conversely, a Lunar Eclipse, which is what's happening tonight, is when the Sun gets between the Earth and the Moon.

    Just letting you all know.

    What's really upsetting is that I, and my party of missionaries, are due to be sacrificed by a cannibalistic tribe at noon today, and we were really hoping for a Solar eclipse as a result.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 03, 2007 @01:43PM (#18218724)
    You forgot teh competing specials from Al Qaeda & Bush claiming it to be a sign from Allah/God that their cause is right and just.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 03, 2007 @03:38PM (#18219650)

    Where i live 6 out of 7 days are cloudy, why is that you think?
    Most likely, it's because your heart is filled with loneliness. But, it could also mean you live by an ocean. Just buy a parrot - if that doesn't bring light into your life, then move inland.
  • by Broken scope (973885) on Saturday March 03, 2007 @05:29PM (#18220522) Homepage
    No that what we call "OH FUCK"
  • Re:Panic?! (Score:3, Funny)

    by MPHellwig (847067) <mhellwig@xs4all.nl> on Sunday March 04, 2007 @04:58AM (#18224858) Homepage
    I believe that the moon will cry out loud: "Get out of my way you big fat stupip blue planet, you're blocking my view!", of course some of my personalities disagree but there not allowed to speak out loud since they grilled the neighbours dog.

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