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    Offical Lunar Eclipse Discussion Thread

    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."

    58 Comments

    Is this tonight?

    The total eclipse will be visible between 3.01am and 3.52am

    Thats when im off to stansted yay

    Original Poster

    Tonight / Tomorrow morning :thumbsup:

    Good. Guess that means another late night looking at the moon...

    im sure it was red earlier at about 5ish

    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

    http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/LEmono/TLE2008Feb21/image/TLE2008Feb21-GMT.GIF

    Original Poster

    There ya go Harvie !

    jackthelad;1610547

    There ya go Harvie !


    LOL:giggle:, so whats everyone going to be doing before then. Im so excited, I just cant wait!

    jackthelad;1610547

    There ya go Harvie !



    Offical yay

    am I the only one thinking about stayin up to see this

    harvie316;1610707

    am I the only one thinking about stayin up to see this



    You love that smiley

    The cloud has cleared now so looking good

    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.

    tessb;1610733

    Who wants to waken me at 3am? hehe, I enjoyed last year's one, another … 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:

    emasu;1610722

    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:|

    harvie316;1610761

    I think its becasuse im always confused:?



    I just love the expression

    emasu;1610775

    I just love the expression


    lol, stop it, stop it stop it! dont steal my thing :giggle::?

    Original Poster

    Alarm set to 3.20am

    jackthelad;1610970

    Alarm set to 3.20am



    Its just coffee all night here

    I loved the total eclips last year but as its chuffin raining here I don't think I'll see anything tonight

    emasu;1610759

    Stay up :w00t:



    I've got an early start tomorrow, I had an early start this morning, I'm tired waaaahhh waaaaaahhh waaaaahhhhh

    emasu;1611004

    Its just coffee all night here


    Oh were playing prison rules now are we!:evil:

    harvie316;1611024

    Oh were playing prison rules now are we!:evil:



    I dont know

    2hours 52mins left from time of posting.

    its getting anxious now

    harvie316;1611474

    2hours 52mins left from time of posting.its getting anxious now



    Cant wai

    Banned

    foggy here...

    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!!

    lumoruk;1611493

    foggy here...


    same here, i think i might miss it because of the damn fog:? :-(

    i cant even see the bloody moon so im off to bed lol.
    good luck.

    the moon hath disappeared here.. have to stay up though lol

    Banned

    I'm actually waiting for this one news.bbc.co.uk/1/h…stm reckon the missile will miss and blow up red square, a nuclear war will break out....digging my bunker now.

    Im the only one left.. great

    Banned

    ...still looking at the moon while digging my bunker...

    emasu;1611598

    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

    I can see it and looks quite nice qith the clouds

    okay i just saw the moon, i was looking out the wrong window:oops:

    harvie316;1611617

    okay i just saw the moon, i was looking out the wrong window:oops:



    Booo

    13 Mins till kick off

    emasu;1611619

    13 Mins till kick off


    what kick off:|?
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