Total Lunar Eclipse Wednesday

Lunar eclipseThe Western Hemisphere will be given a bit of an astronomical treat Wednesday with a total lunar eclipse.  A lunar eclipse occurs whenever the moon passes through some portion of the Earth’s shadow – basically when the Earth is between the moon and the sun. 

Best up all for those of us in the Rocky Mountain area, the eclipse will occur at a good time for watching (see below).  For more information, please see the table below for viewing times and the links for more information.

Update, 2/20/08 @ 10:30am – Unfortunately it appears cloud cover in the Denver metro area may inhibit the ability to see the eclipse.  It is worth trying to get a glimpse though.

NASA Website About Tonight’s Eclipse

Wikipedia – Lunar Eclipse

AFP News Story – How an Eclipse Saved Columbus

Total Lunar Eclipse of February 20, 2008
North America Other
Partial Eclipse Begins: 08:43 pm 07:43 pm 06:43 pm 05:43 pm 04:43 pm 01:43 am*
Total Eclipse Begins: 10:01 pm 09:01 pm 08:01 pm 07:01 pm 06:01 pm 03:01 am*
Mid-Eclipse: 10:26 pm 09:26 pm 08:26 pm 07:26 pm 06:26 pm 03:26 am*
Total Eclipse Ends: 10:51 pm 09:51 pm 08:51 pm 07:51 pm 06:51 pm 03:51 am*
Partial Eclipse Ends: 12:09 am* 11:09 pm 10:09 pm 09:09 pm 08:09 pm 05:09 am*

* Event occurs on morning of February 21, 2008

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