Total Lunar Eclipse – February 20, 2008

Total Eclipse of the Moon - February 20, 2008

Don’t miss the total lunar eclipse tonight. The entire event will be visible from North and South America tonight (Feb 20) and from Western Europe, Africa, and western Asia early tomorrow morning (Feb 21). You can expect the moon to change dramatically in color during the eclipse, from bright orange to blood red to dark brown and perhaps a very dark gray.

A lunar eclipse takes place when the moon passes through a portion of the earth’s shadow. A total lunar eclipse takes place when the earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the moon. A lunar eclipse can only take place when the moon is full.

Here is the schedule for tonight’s eclipse (Eastern Standard Time):

    08:43 pm – Partial Eclipse Begins
    10:01 pm – Total Eclipse Begins
    10:26 pm – Mid-Eclipse
    10:51 pm – Total Eclipse Ends
    12:09 am – Partial Eclipse Ends

You can find more information on the eclipse plus a schedule for other time zones at the NASA Eclipse Home Page.

3 Comments

  1. eclexia says:

    Thanks, Ray, for the heads up of this. My kids and I had a great time watching the first half of the eclipse, up until just after it turned orange, when the cloud cover covered it.

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Hi eclexia – I am glad you and your kids enjoyed it. We had a nice clear night without any clouds up here, but it was cold, so we kept running outside to check on the progress of the eclipse, and then running back in again to get warm. God bless, and have a good day.

  3. Barrie says:

    Ray we had a beautiful night for an eclipse, in the mid 70’s with a beautiful breeze.

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