Sunday, August 26, 2007

Once in a Red Moon

Article by Adele Dubois. Reposted with permission.

The Earth’s moon, Luna, also inspires romance. Couples throughout the world plan outings on the night of the full moon and spread blankets beneath the moon glow on mountaintops or park lawns to hold hands and watch the sky. The Moon and Sun align and the Earth feels their pull as their tidal forces combine. During a rare Blue Moon the full moon appears twice in the same month.

This August brings the rarest moon of all and a beautiful event; a Red Moon. After midnight Tuesday, August 28, 2007 a lunar eclipse will occur over the entire Earth. The full Moon, at the opposite end of the sky from the Sun, will pass through the Earth’s shadow, temporarily going dark. You may see stars in the sky not generally visible during a typical full moon as the total eclipse takes place. Suddenly, before dawn, all the sunsets happening around the world will focus on the Moon and turn it crimson.

Wake early Tuesday morning, bring a blanket to a mountaintop, and watch a fantastic event with the one you love under the Red August Moon.

Here’s the timetable for central and western U.S. and Canada. Easterners can watch the Moon sliding into eclipse while dawn is brightening and the Moon is dropping low in the west. Details: partial eclipse begins at 3:51 a.m. CDT, total eclipse begins at 4:52, totality ends at 6:23, and partial eclipse ends at 7:24.

3 comments:

Adele Dubois said...

Ashlyn, I'm pleased you liked my article on the upcoming RED MOON and have posted an excerpt of the article from my blog. This is the first time I've taken an interest in astronomy. I found the impending Red Moon and total lunar eclipse fascinating. Who knew the skies could be so much fun?

Best--Adele Dubois

Ashlyn Chase said...

I know what you mean! My hubby and I are getting up early tomorrow morning to find a high point where we can see the moon set. Apparently on teh East coast, it will take place right at dawn. How exciting!

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