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Total lunar eclipse on tap for early Saturday (early 12/10/11, 4:45am w/total at 6:05am PT)
SFGate.com ^ | 12/9/11 | David Perlman

Posted on 12/09/2011 10:16:44 AM PST by NormsRevenge

Early risers Saturday will see a total eclipse of the moon low in the western sky, and if the Bay Area's clear weather persists, the sight should be spectacular.

"The full moon should appear even larger than normal when the eclipse is total because it will be so low in the sky that Earth's atmosphere will magnify it into a blood-red monster," said astronomer Andrew Fraknoi of Foothill College in Los Alto Hills.

The partial eclipse will begin at 4:45 a.m. and will become total at 6:05 a.m., Fraknoi said. Totality will last until 6:57 a.m.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Chit/Chat; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: bayarea; california; lunareclipse; sanfrancisco; sanfranswishco

1 posted on 12/09/2011 10:16:49 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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NASA Eclipse Web Site
http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OH2011.html


2 posted on 12/09/2011 10:18:09 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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NASA Eclipse Web Site
http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html


3 posted on 12/09/2011 10:19:33 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge; SunkenCiv
...Thanks norm

...Pinging civ.

4 posted on 12/09/2011 10:28:15 AM PST by gargoyle (...Amendments 1 and 2, a well informed public and a well regulated militia...)
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To: Cyber Liberty

PFLR


5 posted on 12/09/2011 10:35:14 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (To Obama, bipartisanship is giving the opposition the opportunity to do as they are told. (WGensert))
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To: NormsRevenge
A Literal Total Eclipse?
6 posted on 12/09/2011 10:40:30 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: NormsRevenge

According to the Wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/December_2011_lunar_eclipse
totality will be at 6:32 a.m. PST as the moon is setting on the water.


7 posted on 12/09/2011 10:41:38 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: NormsRevenge

More info here.
http://shadowandsubstance.com/


8 posted on 12/09/2011 10:46:50 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: NormsRevenge

The next eclipse for the USA is April 15, 2014.


9 posted on 12/09/2011 10:47:45 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Live eclipse coverage:

http://events.slooh.com/
http://www.livestream.com/swansiliguri


10 posted on 12/09/2011 10:50:58 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: NormsRevenge
The bad news is that for the eastern part of the US, only the penumbral phase will be visible--and that may not be very noticeable. The umbra (where, from a viewer on the moon, the sun would be completely blocked) starts to creep across the lunar surface either after the moon has set or when it is just about to set for much of the US.

The good news is that the umbra will be visible in Umbria.

11 posted on 12/09/2011 11:23:43 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Jack Hydrazine
The next total eclipse of the sun visible in the USA is on August 21, 2017.

Hopefully during the first year of the second term of the President elected in November 2012.

12 posted on 12/09/2011 11:26:56 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

Looks like there will be an annular eclipse next year on May 20, 2012.
http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEatlas/SEatlas3/SEatlas2001.GIF
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SE2012May20A.png

The next eclipse after that, a partial one, will be October 23, 2014.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_October_23,_2014

After that no eclipses until the date you mention.


13 posted on 12/09/2011 2:47:58 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: gargoyle; WSGilcrest; WePledge; weeder; Viking2002; ukie55; Trillian; ToxicMich; ThomasMore; ...

Thanks gargoyle. An “extra, extra” ping to a couple of relevant lists.


14 posted on 12/09/2011 3:42:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge
From my yard just now...

15 posted on 12/10/2011 6:31:08 AM PST by WSGilcrest (/s)
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To: WSGilcrest
Very nice. From here it was not quite a full eclipse as it set behind the Rocky Mountains.
16 posted on 12/10/2011 6:45:16 AM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: WSGilcrest
Thanks. Good job.

5.56mm

17 posted on 12/10/2011 6:53:47 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: WSGilcrest

Cool, Thanks!

I awoke at 6 am and caught it as it hit full effect.. now we can nap until 2014 for the next one. ;-)


18 posted on 12/10/2011 10:52:24 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

If nature hadn’t called me, I’da missed it. I could watch it laying in the bed, the dogs and wife snoring thru it all.

Thanks for all the links!

HaPPY Holidays to ALL!


19 posted on 12/10/2011 10:57:30 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: WSGilcrest
SFGate.com

Sky-watchers get rare treat: total lunar eclipse

Frederic Larson / Special to The Chronicle

Early risers on the west coast got to see a total lunar eclipse Saturday morning 12/10
as it set over the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California.

20 posted on 12/10/2011 11:07:40 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

I plan to sleep through this one, but, will try to be up for the Geminids on the 11th/12th. The Moon will be terrible, but, if you go out and look, you might just see some very nice meteors.

Astronomy is fun, but, too much of it happens after my bedtime!


21 posted on 12/10/2011 11:38:53 AM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: NormsRevenge

Well, I don’t know. Sure looks like the north tower to me.


22 posted on 12/10/2011 2:42:27 PM PST by WSGilcrest (/s)
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To: Conan the Librarian

Better check, I think the peak is 13-14


23 posted on 12/10/2011 2:57:10 PM PST by WSGilcrest (/s)
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To: NormsRevenge

I was up at 4:15, but had forgotten about it — but did notice it around 4:45 (”WTF?? I KNOW I saw a full moon before bed last night....”); only had a few minutes because shortly thereafter the moon set over the mountains to our west.


24 posted on 12/10/2011 3:31:16 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Obama Voters: Jose Baez wants YOU for his next jury pool.......)
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To: WSGilcrest

Even better. The Moon will be even smaller.


25 posted on 12/10/2011 8:24:01 PM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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