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Moon to turn red in rare eclipse A rare total lunar eclipse will turn the moon red in the early hours of Thursday. The total eclipse will be visible between 3.01am and 3.52am, with the partial e…
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9y, 1m agoPosted 9 years, 1 month ago
Moon to turn red in rare eclipse

A rare total lunar eclipse will turn the moon red in the early hours of Thursday.

The total eclipse will be visible between 3.01am and 3.52am, with the partial eclipse beginning at 1.43am and finishing at 5.09am.

A total eclipse occurs when the full Moon moves into the Earth's shadow and although it becomes dimmed, it can still be seen because it is lit by the sunlight passing through the Earth's atmosphere.

Stronger atmospheric scattering of blue light means that the light that reaches the lunar surface is predominantly red in colour so observers on Earth see a Moon that may be brick-coloured, rusty, blood-red or sometimes dark grey, depending on terrestrial conditions on the night.

Dr Robert Massey at the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) said: "As astronomers, we like to draw attention to lunar eclipses because they are extremely beautiful and very rare. In fact, the next time we will see a lunar eclipse in the UK will be 2015.

"It is a bright white, pearly colour which goes to a deep red colour and that's why it is so spectacular. It is like a red jaw in the sky and the view is almost as if the planet Mars is a hundred times closer.

"The great thing about a lunar eclipse is that it is absolutely safe to enjoy.

"So I would encourage everyone to go out and enjoy it - even for a short time because the effect is really dramatic."

According to the RAS, this will be the last chance to watch a total lunar eclipse from the UK until September 28, 2015.

Kevin Yates from the National Space Centre in Leicester said: "It is amazing how many people have never witnessed one. In ancient writings they have referred to the moon turning blood red and that has been interpreted in many ways so it has a certain appeal."
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9y, 1m agoPosted 9 years, 1 month ago
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#1
Is this tonight?
#2
The total eclipse will be visible between 3.01am and 3.52am

Thats when im off to stansted yay :D
#3
Tonight / Tomorrow morning :thumbsup:
#4
Good. Guess that means another late night looking at the moon...
#5
im sure it was red earlier at about 5ish
#6
I think this should be renamed the "offical lunar eclipse Discussion thread", so we can all chat on here until 3:01am and watch it :D
#7
http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/LEmono/TLE2008Feb21/image/TLE2008Feb21-GMT.GIF
1 Like #8
There ya go Harvie !
#9
jackthelad
There ya go Harvie !

LOL:giggle:, so whats everyone going to be doing before then. Im so excited, I just cant wait!
#10
jackthelad
There ya go Harvie !


Offical yay :p
#11
am I the only one thinking about stayin up to see this :|
#12
harvie316
am I the only one thinking about stayin up to see this :|


You love that smiley :|
#13
The cloud has cleared now so looking good :D
#14
Who wants to waken me at 3am? hehe, I enjoyed last year's one, another would be great, but i doubt I'll be able to get out of bed.
#15
tessb
Who wants to waken me at 3am? hehe, I enjoyed last year's one, another would be great, but i doubt I'll be able to get out of bed.


Stay up :w00t:
#16
emasu
You love that smiley :|

I think its becasuse im always confused:?

I got clouds around were I live, can someone do a live webcam stream for me come 0301hrs:|
#17
harvie316
I think its becasuse im always confused:?


I just love the expression :|
#18
emasu
I just love the expression :|

lol, stop it, stop it stop it! dont steal my thing :giggle::?
#19
Alarm set to 3.20am :)
#20
jackthelad
Alarm set to 3.20am :)


Its just coffee all night here :|
#21
I loved the total eclips last year but as its chuffin raining here I don't think I'll see anything tonight
#22
emasu
Stay up :w00t:


I've got an early start tomorrow, I had an early start this morning, I'm tired waaaahhh waaaaaahhh waaaaahhhhh :o
#23
emasu
Its just coffee all night here :|

Oh were playing prison rules now are we!:evil:
#24
harvie316
Oh were playing prison rules now are we!:evil:


I dont know :|
#25
2hours 52mins left from time of posting.

its getting anxious now :|
#26
harvie316
2hours 52mins left from time of posting.

its getting anxious now :|


Cant wai :|
banned#27
foggy here...
#28
I would love to be able to stay up and photograph it but not a chance, i have 5 boys 2 of which are hyperactive so any noise at any time in the night will wake them and they wont go back to sleep!!!

Cant wait to see the photos tomorrow from fellow HUKD photographers!!
#29
lumoruk
foggy here...

same here, i think i might miss it because of the damn fog:? :-(
#30
i cant even see the bloody moon so im off to bed lol.
good luck.
#31
the moon hath disappeared here.. have to stay up though lol
banned#32
I'm actually waiting for this one http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7254540.stm reckon the missile will miss and blow up red square, a nuclear war will break out....digging my bunker now.
#33
Im the only one left.. great
banned#34
...still looking at the moon while digging my bunker...
#35
emasu
Im the only one left.. great


I'm stil here, but i might call it a night as I cant see because of the fog
#36
I can see it and looks quite nice qith the clouds :)
#37
okay i just saw the moon, i was looking out the wrong window:oops:
#38
harvie316
okay i just saw the moon, i was looking out the wrong window:oops:


Booo :|
#39
13 Mins till kick off :D
#40
emasu
13 Mins till kick off :D

what kick off:|?

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