August 28: Total lunar eclipse from 7.20 – 8.24 pm

Let’s hope the weather will be on our side that particular Tuesday evening. I planned to take the kids to the Science Museum to have a better view (exclusive hill top view) and probably to take some photos.

Lunar eclipses occur when Earth gets between the sun and the moon, casting a shadow. The view is different from each location on the planet. Along the West Coast of Canada and the United States and in Alaska, the entire eclipse will be visible from start to finish before moonset in the early morning hours of that Tuesday. Hawaiians will see totality – when the moon is completely in Earth’s shadow – high in their sky around midnight.

In eastern Asia and Australia, the event will occur on the same date but in the evening, since for this part of the world it will coincide with moonrise.

This August 28, the Moon will track across the southern portion of the Earth’s shadow, and will be completely immersed for one-hour and 30 minutes, making this a much-longer than normal totality.

The next total lunar eclipse is scheduled for Feb. 20-21, 2008 and will widely visible from North and South America, as well as Europe, Africa and eastern Asia.

Sources:
The New Straits Times
Space Website

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