Latest Lunar eclipses Stories

2008-02-14 08:38:13

On Wednesday, February 20, we're in for a celestial treat. There's a total lunar eclipse visible from North and South America as well as Europe and parts of Africa. It's a great excuse to spend time out-of-doors watching the Moon drift into the shadow of the Earth. Lunar eclipses occur when the Moon and Sun are opposite each other in the sky, and the Earth is in between. The full moon also occurs when the Moon and Sun are opposite each other in the sky. However, most months, the Moon's...

2008-02-07 09:25:31

Mark Wednesday, Feb. 20, on your calendar as "Lunar Eclipse Night," for if the weather is fair you should have no difficulty observing a total eclipse of the moon. The eclipse will be visible wherever the moon is above the horizon during the time frame that the eclipse is taking place. As it turns out, North and South America will turned toward the moon and will be in excellent position for this sky show. Europe, Africa and a part of western Asia will also be able to see the...

2007-08-03 08:11:12

Close your eyes, breath deeply, let your mind wander to a distant seashore: It's late in the day, and the western sun is sinking into the glittering waves. At your feet, damp sand reflects the twilight, while overhead, the deep blue sky fades into a cloudy m©lange of sunset copper and gold, so vivid it almost takes your breath away. A breeze touches the back of your neck, and you turn to see a pale full Moon rising into the night. Hmmm. The Moon could use a dash more color. You reach...

2007-03-03 15:00:21

LONDON - The first total lunar eclipse in three years will give nearly every continent at least a partial view when the moon turns a shade of crimson as light reaching it from the sun is blotted out by the Earth. People in the eastern parts of North and South America will find the moon already partially or totally eclipsed by the time it rises over the horizon, while east Asia will see the eclipse cut short by moonset. Earth's shadow will begin moving across the moon at 3:18 p.m. EST,...

2006-03-29 08:45:47

By Orla Ryan CAPE COAST, Ghana (Reuters) - Clapping, dancing, praising God or raising telescopes, crowds from West Africa to Central Asia gazed skywards as a total solar eclipse cast a shadow across a vast band of the planet on Wednesday. "This shows the greatness of God. This shows the greatness of Nature. It is very, very beautiful," said Ghanaian Nana Appah at Cape Coast beach, the first spot where the event was easily visible. The complete track of the eclipse stretched from...

2005-10-03 07:09:53

MADRID, Spain -- Thousands of people across Portugal and Spain donned protective eyeglasses Monday to watch a rare and spectacular type of eclipse, which dimmed the Iberian peninsula beginning around 10 a.m. In Madrid, entire families and groups of enthusiasts met at the city's planetarium beneath a cloudless sky to watch the eclipse directly or on a giant television screen. The event began with the moon taking a bite off the top of the sun. During an annular eclipse, the moon masks the sun...

2005-04-21 08:00:00

There's going to be a marvelous solar eclipse on April 24th. One small problem: you have to fly to the Moon to see it. Science@NASA -- NASA is planning to send people back to the Moon. Target date: 2015 or so. Too bad they won't be there this Sunday because, on April 24th, there's going to be a solar eclipse, and you can only see it from the Moon. On Earth, solar eclipses happen when the Moon covers the Sun. On the Moon, the roles are reversed. It's Earth that covers the Sun. Such an eclipse...

Latest Lunar eclipses Reference Libraries

2004-10-19 04:45:41

Solar Eclipse -- A solar eclipse occurs when Sun, Moon and Earth are on a single line, the Moon being in the middle. Seen from the Earth, the Moon is in front of the Sun and thus part or all of the light of the Sun is hidden by the Moon. Thus it may seem that a piece has been taken out of the Sun, or that it has suddenly disappeared. There are three types of solar eclipses: -- A partial solar eclipse: Only part of the Sun and the Moon overlap -- A total solar eclipse: All of the Sun...

2004-10-19 04:45:41

Lunar eclipse -- From Earth, a lunar eclipse occurs when Sun, Earth and Moon are in a single line with Earth in the middle. If this occurs, the Moon (or part of it) does not receive light from the Sun because it is in the shadow of the Earth, and thus the Moon becomes invisible even though there would normally have been a full moon. Most of the light that is refracted through the Earth's atmosphere is red, and thus an eclipsed Moon will glow in reddish hues. A penumbral eclipse...

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