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Lunar Eclipse Next Tuesday Morning 50

Raver32 writes "Tuesday morning, Aug. 28 brings us the second total lunar eclipse of 2007. Those living in the Western Hemisphere and eastern Asia will be able to partake in at least some of this sky show. The very best viewing region for viewing this eclipse will fall across the Pacific Rim, including the West Coast of the United States and Canada, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand and eastern Australia. All these places will be able to see the complete eclipse from start to finish. Europeans will miss out on the entire show, as the Moon will be below the horizon during their mid and late morning hours."
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Lunar Eclipse Next Tuesday Morning

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  • Protection (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 25, 2007 @10:43AM (#20353615)
    Remember to wear the proper lunar eclipse eye protection, you wouldn't want your eyes burnt out by the terrible blinding light of the eclipsed moon.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    They're caused by the Bush Administration - Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney have hired Halliburton to mine the moon for oil.

    They're going to use the money they get to invade Mars. The "mission to Mars" is the cover story for the invasion preparations.
  • Hahaha (Score:5, Funny)

    by Soporific ( 595477 ) on Saturday August 25, 2007 @10:46AM (#20353645)
    Finally, I can emerge from the basement and be truly safe from the destructive natural light!

  • by iPaige ( 834088 )
    First the expensive, crippled PS3 launch.

    Then the iPhone exclusive..

    And now this!

    ...proud to be an american somedays...(or an..eastern asian..)
  • Video simulations (Score:5, Interesting)

    by E-Lad ( 1262 ) on Saturday August 25, 2007 @10:51AM (#20353673)
    I made two video simulations of the eclipse - on as it would be seen from Burning Man (which is happening next week, 2 hours northeast of Reno, Nevada) and one with the vantage point being the moon itself. Videos were made using Starry Night Pro (on a Mac, of course!)

    Video 1: As it will be from Burning Man []
    Video 2: If you were on the moon []

    Both are H264, no sound.
  • It amazes me that so many allegedly "educated" people have fallen so quickly and so hard for a fraudulent fabrication of such laughable proportions. The very idea that a gigantic ball of rock happens to orbit our planet, showing itself in neat, four-week cycles -- with the same side facing us all the time -- is ludicrous. Furthermore, it is an insult to common sense and a damnable affront to intellectual honesty and integrity. That people actually believe it is evidence that the liberals have wrested the last vestiges of control of our public school system from decent, God-fearing Americans (as if any further evidence was needed! Daddy's Roommate? God Almighty!)

    Documentaries such as Enemy of the State have accurately portrayed the elaborate, byzantine network of surveillance satellites that the liberals have sent into space to spy on law-abiding Americans. Equipped with technology developed by Handgun Control, Inc., these satellites have the ability to detect firearms from hundreds of kilometers up. That's right, neighbors .. the next time you're out in the backyard exercising your Second Amendment rights, the liberals will see it! These satellites are sensitive enough to tell the difference between a Colt .45 and a .38 Special! And when they detect you with a firearm, their computers cross-reference the address to figure out your name, and then an enormous database housed at Berkeley is updated with information about you.

    Of course, this all works fine during the day, but what about at night? Even the liberals can't control the rotation of the Earth to prevent nightfall from setting in (only Joshua was able to ask for that particular favor!) That's where the "moon" comes in. Powered by nuclear reactors, the "moon" is nothing more than an enormous balloon, emitting trillions of candlepower of gun-revealing light. Piloted by key members of the liberal community, the "moon" is strategically moved across the country, pointing out those who dare to make use of their God-given rights at night!

    Yes, I know this probably sounds paranoid and preposterous, but consider this. Despite what the revisionist historians tell you, there is no mention of the "moon" anywhere in literature or historical documents -- anywhere -- before 1950. That is when it was initially launched. When President Josef Kennedy, at the State of the Union address, proclaimed "We choose to go to the moon", he may as well have said "We choose to go to the weather balloon." The subsequent faking of a "moon" landing on national TV was the first step in a long history of the erosion of our constitutional rights by leftists in this country. No longer can we hide from our government when the sun goes down.
  • ..discriminating against Europeans with its grand show. See you in court!
    • by GiMP ( 10923 )
      Yeah, but Europeans get cheap flights to Africa. Thats how I saw the lunar eclipse earlier this year -- I flew from Poland to Egypt! (of course, not just to see the lunar eclipse, I had a nice vacation too!)
  • by squiggleslash ( 241428 ) * on Saturday August 25, 2007 @11:29AM (#20353885) Homepage Journal

    This is not a solar eclipse. In a solar eclipse, the Moon stands directly between the Earth and the Sun, blocking the view of the Sun. Whereas in a lunar eclipse, the Sun stands directly between the Earth and the Moon, blocking your view of the Moon.

    Which also means it's going to be very, very, hot on Tuesday morning.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by freeweed ( 309734 )
      Whereas in a lunar eclipse, the Sun stands directly between the Earth and the Moon, blocking your view of the Moon.

      Which also means it's going to be very, very, hot on Tuesday morning.


      Is this another post that should be modded Funny, but people are feeling generous with karma?

      The earth is going to be direcly between the sun and the moon, in case anyone's still not sure as to how this works.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    The Society of Humans Against Discrimination Of Werewolves (SHADOW) filed an official complaint against the second full moon in a year that's being unproperly withheld from its members.

    The first court of Tuscaloosa, Alabama therefore decided to forbid the entity called Eclipse [] to go through with this manifestation.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by zippthorne ( 748122 )
      That brings up an extremely important question: do warewolves, in fact, transform on eclipse nights? The moon is actually as full as it's ever going to be right before the eclipse, and only a few minutes are spent in total darkness.
      • by aqk ( 844307 )
        >That brings up an extremely important question: do warewolves, in fact, transform on eclipse nights?

        That depends- are you referring to hardwarewolves or softwarewolves?
        The latter transform on almost any night when plied with sufficient Cola and Pizza in their parent's dank (and presumably dark) basement.

  • Anyone know where the best viewing places in Hawaii would be?
  • by Anonymous Coward
    You forgot to tag it with pinkfloyd.
  • by crumley ( 12964 ) * on Saturday August 25, 2007 @02:32PM (#20355103) Homepage Journal
    There is better coverage of this eclipse [] and others at NASA's eclipse page [].
  • Move along. (Score:3, Funny)

    by PPH ( 736903 ) on Saturday August 25, 2007 @02:32PM (#20355105)
    No moon to see here.
  • Our turn! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by spaceyhackerlady ( 462530 ) on Saturday August 25, 2007 @02:52PM (#20355231)

    The March eclipse was over by moonrise here, but I will be in good shape for the August one. Except that totality is around 0300 local time. :-(

    It's quite the show watching Earth's shadow creep across the moon, with the colour contrast betwen the greyish-white moon and Earth's copper-coloured shadow. And, unlike a solar eclipse, you can take your time. The last couple of lunar eclipses here have been relatively bright. The one I saw from Toronto in 2000 [] was dark, with the moon replaced by this dark, burned-out ash thing in the sky. Quite the sight!

    I've only seen one total solar eclipse (29 March 2006 [], from Turkey). Unlike lunar eclipses, something deep inside us freaks out when the sun goes out during the day. It rattled us, and we knew what was happening; it must have scared the crap out of our ancestors.


    • Likewise, I remember as a kid when we watched a lunar eclipse, and the moon went a fairly vibrant red colour. It was interesting, but not really unsettling. However, when we watched the total solar eclipse here (Geraldton, Western Australia) back in 2000 (I think), when the gloom settled over everything, it was somehow just unnerving, despite knowing what was coming.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Can we stop linking to websites that abuse people with multiple popup's, like Yeah I know your argument.. "you should be using a popup blocker." Well, I shouldn't have to. The stance hold just as much logic as expecting one to revisit a website that is trying to force a trojan on the patron. Well "you should be using a trojan blocker."
    • by Skapare ( 16644 )

      I agree ... you should NOT have to use a popup blocker. Instead, we should have a browser that simply does not implement popup capability in the first place. Then, there wouldn't be anything that needs to be blocked. You could use that browser, instead. Hopefully you are using an OS that doesn't have its own popups inside.

  • ...I will never forget what happened in 1996 when we had three simultaneous astronomical events we could see with the naked eye on one night on the US West Coast: a full lunar eclipse, Comet Hyakutake, and a very bright Mars. That was a night you definitely wanted a good amateur telescope.
  • Will Singaporeans be able to watch the eclipse?
  • Is Asia excuded? Can it be seen in Japan?

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