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Astronomy fans await total lunar eclipse

The Local · 15 Jun 2011, 09:36

Published: 15 Jun 2011 09:36 GMT+02:00

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The Moon will seem red and shimmering when it rises at around 9 pm, before it starts to disappear in the shadow created by the Earth which will be directly between the Sun and Moon. The so-called totality will occur between 9:22 pm and 11:03 pm.

The initial phenomenon – often described as a blood moon – is created by the long-wave light reaching it from the sun having passed through the earth’s atmosphere before reaching the Moon.

Usually even when there is a red-coloured moon, it passes above or below the earth’s shadow. The confluence of full moon and eclipse as well as reasonable weather for sky-watching in much of Germany should grant millions a night-time spectacle.

Experts say people wishing to see the total eclipse should seek out a southwest facing spot as high up as possible.

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11:47 June 15, 2011 by Simon_Kellett
> The confluence of full moon and eclipse...

Slightly redundant combination: a total lunar eclipse is impossible without a full moon !!
13:01 June 15, 2011 by freechoice
Book of Revelations!! When the moon turns bloody!! He is coming!!
16:49 June 15, 2011 by case491
"Slightly redundant combination: a total lunar eclipse is impossible without a full moon !! "

I think you are mistaken. Because of the distance between the moon and earth, you will find that the shadow from the earth will be a few times larger than the actual moon itself. This means that it can happen that the eclipse will be visable without it being a full moon, but it might be shorter than if it were a full moon.

As it is NEARLY full moon, I think all this is academic anyway as the full moon fase happens while we have the eclipse. This is evident in the time of this particular eclipse which is reported as the longest in nearly a hundred years (not checked so please don't shoot me).

All in all there is an overlap of moon fase and eclipse whereby the 2 facts are not coinciding together and still result in an eclipse. In fact I believe MOST eclipses happen when it is NOT full moon because the proper line up of earth sun and moon is quite rare.

Enjoy tonights one if you can, I think I will have clouds GRRRRRRRRR!
00:16 June 16, 2011 by AbhilashD
Bloody hell, I was working. I could've gone up the Fernsehturm. Damnit.
18:55 June 16, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
Can you actually go up there? I heard it's a restaurant up there, but I've only been at the bottom. My gym is at the bottom of it!
21:11 July 15, 2011 by Englishted

Oh god you don't mean german-guardian do you ahhh !
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