Saturday, March 03, 2007

Total Lunar Eclipse Expected Saturday


LONDON (AP) - The moon will turn shades of amber and crimson Saturday night as it passes behind the Earth's shadow in the first total lunar eclipse in three years.

The eclipse will be at least partly visible from Asia to the Americas, although those in Europe, Africa and the Middle East will have the best view.

Lunar eclipses occur when Earth passes between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun's light. The event is rare because the moon spends most of its time either above or below the plane of Earth's orbit.

Although it will pass completely under Earth's shadow, light from the sun will still reach the moon after being refracted through Earth's atmosphere, giving the moon an eerie dark reddish tinge.

"It's not an event that has any scientific value, but it's something everybody can enjoy," said Robert Massey of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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2 comments:

Quzi said...

Hi S-Q,

I sent a reply to your email. Hope you are enjoying your weekend. I can't wait for the verdict to come in - I hope it is early this week!

S-Q said...

Hi Quzi:

I just read your email and replied. I hope the verdict comes in soon! I've been trying to catch up on work that I didn't get done last week! LOL