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Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight

CowboyNeal posted more than 10 years ago | from the burn-your-eyes-out dept.

Space 161

chuckpeters writes "A total lunar eclipse will soon darken the full moon for most of North and South America, Europe, and Africa. The Moon rises about five p.m. EST and the eclipse will be in penumbra. Totality begins at 8:06 p.m. EST. and ends at 8:31 PM EST and the partial eclipse ends at 10:45 PM. EST" To obtain the time and location for your area, use the Lunar Computer. It looks like the weather will cooperate and we will have clear skies for most of the country. Articles can be found at NASA, Space.com, Sky and Telescope, and Starry Skies."

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161 comments

first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7423873)

I for one, welcome our new lunar overlords. The night time is the right time!

eclispses are fun (-1, Troll)

alanhyee (680084) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423874)

i don't remember seeing one of these in a loong time. when was the last eclipse?

Re:eclispses are fun (0)

asramchusak (652686) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423882)

The last lunar eclipse was in May.

Further proof of Allah's divine will.

Re:eclispses are fun (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424014)

What in the living fuck does Allah have to do with a fucking lunar eclipse? You're on fucking crack if you believe this is divine intervention.

Christ, why are so many people fucking gullible. Religion is like an adult version of the "My imaginary friend can beat your imaginary friend up". Cast off your superstitions and get the fuck out of the 14th century, man!

You fucking muslims, christians, jews, hinduists, shintoists, and buddhists are responsible for 99% of the fucking shit in this world. Rather than working together for the good of humanity, we're killing each other over fucking "holy lands".

You make me sick. You may not be a terrorist, but you and your ilk (not just muslims but ALL gullible morons no matter what their religion) are the catalysts for terrorism. Fuck you, you cum guzzling motherfucker!

Re:eclispses are fun (1)

fimbulvetr (598306) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424140)

buddhism is not a religion, dumbass
nor do we fight for lands, or worship super beings.
we only seek enlightenment, and do not fight for lands and cause wars on the way.

What is this? (-1)

DaddyExcellent (632540) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424034)

The lunar eclipse is not visible from America, Land of the Free. Why is this being posted here? It is completely irrelevant.

Re:What is this? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424136)

1) The eastern coast will see it

2) All of the rest of America will see it, but only while the moon is rising [nasa.gov] , Australia's actually the only continent that won't see it.

3) Slashdot serves the entire planet. It is relevant to more people than it isn't. :oP

Re:eclispses are fun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424124)

This is the second this year... they're fairly common.

Re:eclispses are fun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424161)

Found the date... May 15.

advertisement? (-1, Offtopic)

SHEENmaster (581283) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423875)

The earth is blocking light from hitting the moon. Is this an IBM ad that we're supposed to interpret as Linux blocking any money from hitting SCO's stupid sphere-logo?

Re:advertisement? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7423942)

Earth is blocking the SUN from getting to the sphere-logo. so SUN won't be able to pay SCO.

Earth? that's nature, represented by the APPLE. APPLE is stopping SUN from getting to SCO. SUN will try to get to SCO to do something with it. What that is, I do not know, but APPLE will prevent it.

Fuck that was a good cone.

Fast Post! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7423876)

It's so quick, you can't hang, bitches.

FAST POST!

Firstus Posticus (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7423877)

Greetz 2 Gobbles!

Re:Firstus Posticus (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424198)

Frozen prostrate. Ouch.

Nice (4, Interesting)

KD5YPT (714783) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423883)

Wow, we get to see the moon go out. This is cool. Since we're talking about lunar eclipses, I would like to share some cultural things.

In Taiwan, it was believed traditionally that the lunar eclipse is caused by a massive dog who ate the moon. So during lunar eclipse, everyone took out their cooking pans, pots and stuff and hit them with utensil in hope to scare the dog into spitting the moon back out.

Just some interesting info.

Re:Nice (1)

Doomrat (615771) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423897)

God's sitting up there watching, thinking "LMFAO".

Re:Nice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424147)

too bad theres no such thing as god, LMFAO, stupid. go back to dark ages, loser!

Re:Nice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7423945)

I was told that it was a giant mutant star-goat.

But if it never means seeing a giant goatse in the sky, I'll go with the dog, that's cool.

And then... (5, Funny)

ArchieBunker (132337) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424205)

they proceeded to eat the dog.

Re:Nice (1)

mesocyclone (80188) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424264)

Worked every time, just like this [tinyvital.com] .

Re:Nice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424612)

Yes, strawman arguments and false dichotomies do have a tendency to "work" on people who are as incapable of logical thought as you.

Harmonic Concordance, etc (1)

Alien54 (180860) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424619)

Of course, over the past few decades folks in the fringe groups have been muttering about a harmonic alignment of the stars and planets as of significance to life here on earth.

No surprise, this eclipse ties into this set of beliefs. See the site here [astrosite.com] , which goes into it in far more detail than I would ever care to know about it now.

On the other hand, if you cannot get to see the eclipse, you can use a program like Celestia [shatters.net] to see it virtually in your own computer. A very pretty program.

Re:Nice (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424645)

Since when has beating pots and pans caused a dog to regurgitate anything?

you my numba one nigga, NIGGA! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7423885)

you donta need school? if nigga no go to school, nigga no get a job, if nigga no get a job, nigga no make no money, if nigga no make no money,nigga no be able to afford BMW 7 series niggaaaaa

Nothing I can say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7423895)

A total eclipse of the heart

Re:Nothing I can say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424444)

(Score:-1, Cheesy as Hell)

Where's the... (0, Offtopic)

Pingular (670773) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423896)

cult claiming this is a sign from their egyptian masters that this is the time to commit suicide?

Re:Where's the... (3, Funny)

Lars T. (470328) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423904)

They are all still dead from the last eclipse.

Re:Where's the... (1)

Roofus (15591) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423953)

They are all still dead from the last eclipse.

They're STILL dead? Fucking Christ, I called Larry over 2 years ago about this, and he assured me that Ramsees and crew would be ready by tonight. This is the last time I ever trust those fucking little Egyptian Cult pricks, EVER!

Harmonic Concordance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7423957)

..some see it as a much more positive sign, see e.g. Shoud #4 [crimsoncircle.com] , the message from the Group [lightworker.com] , or search with Google for astrological and other meanings of the Harmonic Concordance [google.com] .

Re:Where's the... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424084)

we're still here, waiting for you to take the lead.

I'm at the north pole (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7423900)

I'm still waiting on this solar eclipse to end. (not with the moon though... it seems that this pesky middle section of the earth is blocking my view... any way to remove it??)

Re:I'm at the north pole (4, Funny)

jx100 (453615) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424063)

You need an Illudium Q-36 Space Modulator for that.

Re:I'm at the north pole (1)

Ignominious Cow Herd (540061) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424123)

That's "Illunium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator" you insensitive clod!

NEO AND TRINITY DIE, MATRIX NOT DESTROYED (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424177)

Sorry to spoil it.

Re:I'm at the north pole (1)

i_really_dont_care (687272) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424295)

Just take out your cooking pans, pots and stuff and hit them with utensil in hope to scare the dog into spitting the moon back out.

Sorry :-)

Europe (1)

Ed Almos (584864) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423902)

Does anybody have the eclipse times for Europe ?

Ed Almos
Budapest, Hungary

Re:Europe (1)

golo (95789) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423938)

This site [navy.mil] gives you predictions for any location. good Luck

Re:Europe (2, Funny)

gnu-generation-one (717590) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423996)

"Does anybody have the eclipse times for Europe ?"

Start (16:30) EST, where Eastern Standard Time is 5 hours behind GMT. That makes 01.30 in England, which is using GMT at the moment. (update: USNO says 01:06 GMT for beginning of totality)

My website says that hungary is in GMT+1, which would make it 02:06 start (for a couple of hours duration), unless you're still using daylight-savings time?

Anyone further east than hungary will have to get up even later in the morning, unless you're a hacker, in which case you'll be able to see it while you're still working.

All we need now is a power-cut forecast... does anybody here work in the east midlands switchgear department?

Re:Europe (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424006)

You can enter your long/lat/time-zone here:

http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/LunarEclipse.h tm l

Amyone Have (1)

PatrickThomson (712694) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423905)

The times for the UK, and indeed the whole of eurpe. it looks from the map like it'll be very early in the morning.

Re:Amyone Have (4, Informative)

bj8rn (583532) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423946)

Totality should be 01:06 AM to 01:31 AM GMT.

Re:Amyone Have (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424172)

Totality will be between around 1am and 1.30am

You'll see the shadow moving across it from around 11.30pm though

MICHAEL SIMS HAS BEEN FIRED! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7423906)

REJOICE, SLASHBOTS! Now, freedom can slowly be restored.

Gosh, we're brave... (5, Funny)

BallPeenHammer (720987) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423909)

...courageously shielding the moon by blocking all them solar flares with our planet!

Three cheers for Earth!

CET times (5, Informative)

Jesrad (716567) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423911)

The Lunar Computer will only give you US times. BTW only the Northern East Coast will get totality. You should be able to see the full eclipse from anywhere in Europe, North Africa and Ukrain.

The Moon will be in penumbra at 11 PM CET. Totality begins at 2:06 a.m. CET on the 9th of November, and ends at 2:31 a.m. CET, and the partial eclipse ends at 14:45 a.m. CET.

Substract one hour for GMT.

Additional nit-picking (1)

Jesrad (716567) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423919)

The last time reads "2:45 a.m.", mea culpa.

Argh (1)

Jesrad (716567) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423923)

That's 4:45 a.m., not 2:45. I should get some sleep instead of reloading Slashdot over and over.

International (1)

ptaff (165113) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424033)

You can get international locations (using longitude/latitude/timezone) on the Lunar Eclipse Computer [navy.mil]

Re:CET times (1)

bruthasj (175228) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424128)

So, what? Another "standard" time zone? Call me ignoramus, but I think every should center on *my* time zone, okay? I'm in China for pete's sake, they don't call it "Middle" "Country" for nothin'!

Lunar Eclipse (2, Interesting)

Aneurysm (680045) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423913)

I saw a complete lunar eclipse over Cornwall in the UK about 12 years ago, when I was about 8. It was one of the most beautiful things that I have ever seen, as I have never witnessed the sky so clear, and seen so many stars. I recommend having a look at the Milky Way whilst the eclipse is at totality. I think I enjoyed the Lunar Eclipse better than the Solar Eclipse that appeared right over Cornwall in 1999, as it was just too cloudy.

Re:Lunar Eclipse (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7423975)

Seeing a full lunar eclipse on a cloudless night is truly beautiful. I saw one when I was doing my military service in the finnish army and we were out doing some night-orienteering. Of course they had to mess with us and schedule it during a full lunar eclipse. But the upside was the since were were god knows where out in the finnish forests there was absolutly no light pollution.

Ah, I can still remember when I saw that truly awsome amount of stars starting to appear as the moonlight waned away. I have never since come even close to feeling that there is so much more out there than just our little planet.

A full lunar eclipse on a cloudless night away from big cities is probably the closest most of us can come to spacetravel.

jarik

Re:Lunar Eclipse (2, Informative)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424248)

... of course, you can an even better view of the Milky Way on any clear night with a new moon. Not selling the experience of seeing the eclipse short, you understand. ;) Just pointing out that the night of the new moon is pretty much always the best for looking at just about anything else in the night sky.

And location, location, location. I live in Colorado. High up in the mountains, you can go out on a night with a brilliant full moon and still see the Milky Way quite clearly, because there's no skyglow to speak of. Down in Denver, all the conditions can be perfect -- new moon, clear night, still air, etc. -- and you're still not going to see that much because the city lights drown most of it out. From what I remember of Cornwall, I'll bet there are lots of good viewing spots ...

Heh! (1)

Pollux (102520) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423917)

It looks like the weather will cooperate and we will have clear skies for most of the country.

You don't know what the weather here in Cairo's like! Forget lunar eclipses! The smog's always so thick, it takes the rain two days to seep through all of it before it finally hits the ground!

Solar flares (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7423929)

Is this related in any way to the solar flares, or will solar flartes effect the eclipse more than normal?

Don't forget the meteor shower (5, Informative)

LinuxGeek (6139) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423934)

It should be visible [nationalgeographic.com] tonight after the eclipse.

Re:Don't forget the meteor shower (3, Informative)

GordoSlasher (243738) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423974)

Except that after the eclipse, the full moon will be too bright to see many of the meteors. Still worth looking though.

Re:Don't forget the meteor shower (1)

gnu-generation-one (717590) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424005)

"Lunar eclipse.. don't forget the meteor shower afterwards..."

All we need now is an aurora so excited that you can see it from Europe.. Oh yeah, we've got that too tonight.

Re:Don't forget the meteor shower (1)

/dev/trash (182850) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424580)

yeah but it peaks next week. When the moon won't be so full.

cereal, sports cars, on the moon? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7423941)

it's not what you can see that makes the story relevant.

I hope the weather cooperates in Surrey (1)

The One KEA (707661) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423947)

Right now it's fairly cloudy, but hopefully it will clear up, according to www.weather.co.uk.

For us Canadians out there! (3, Informative)

pointzero (707900) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423950)

EXN has all the times for the eclipse in Canada. Check'em out! I'll be out watching! I love astronomical events. w00t! w00t!

EXN article/eclipse times for Canada http://www.exn.ca/Stories/2003/10/31/51.asp?t=dp

lunar computer broken (1)

cribb (632424) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423951)

location will be retrieved from a file with over 22,000 places listed.
i only counted a bit over 50.
oh, yeaaah, there's like N.Mariana Islands, but i'm missing the "REST OF THE WORLD" option. besides, what's up with the names of country songs in the dropdown menu?

Here too (1)

dacarr (562277) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423952)

Farmers' Almanac Online [farmersalmanac.com] has some info on this as well.

Me, I just hope I can see it - rain's predicted for southern California.

"Clear skies for most of the country"??!? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7423955)

Ar you stupid, you idiot retard? Did you even fucking read the article you linked? Jesus christ, why the fuck does this site attract so many morons?

Slight Correction... (4, Informative)

citking (551907) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423959)

from the burn-your-eyes-out dept. There is no risk of damaging your vision by looking at a lunar eclipse. The sun is positioned behind the earth which blocks light from hitting the moon, so if anything you may have to strain in some places to see the lunar eclipse. Solar eclipses, on the other hand, do present a danger of vision loss cuz staring directly at the sun is never a good idea.

HAHAHAHA (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424134)

I don't know what amuses me the most: you for posting this or 3 people for finding it "informative".

Re:HAHAHAHA (1)

linzeal (197905) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424240)

We had a telescope setup outside with a solar filter [celestron.com] and were doing observations of sunspots 6 months ago for astronomy. We did not have a solar filter so we put an inverted bevarage cup upside down on the finder scope that we drew a skull and cross bones on to warn people.

Enter: A business student who took off the cup placed it on the ground and than looked momentarily through the finder scope was instantly screaming and shouting and cursing and talking of sueing us the school and the sun; hilarious only in the fact that she did not have permament damage to her eye.

Re:Slight Correction... (1)

EMH_Mark3 (305983) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424280)

Actually the danger from solar eclipses is from people looking at the occulted solar disc & coronea which *seems* safe to look at but still emits a shit load of UV rays that's going to fry your retina before you realise it's starting to hurt.

Clear weather? (1)

Jon Abbott (723) | more than 10 years ago | (#7423971)

It looks like the weather will cooperate and we will have clear skies for most of the country.
Not in Tallahassee, FL, where it is eternally cloudy... Sometimes I feel like I'm in the "desert of the real" scene from the Matrix when I'm here.

For the rest of the world (4, Informative)

losttoy (558557) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424021)

http://www.wunderground.com

The site provides detailed weather and sky charts for almost anywhere in the world. Cool, eh!!

Even cooler (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424189)

Michael Sims has been fired! Good riddance. I wonder how much longer he'll vindictively cybersquat censorware.org and then, in his whiny retorts, claim to be a victim.

Re:For the rest of the world (1)

loconet (415875) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424210)

Cool, eh!!

Thank you fellow Canuck. I was looking for another site :D. Thanks, and Thank you again. Have a good Day eh .

Most of the country? (1)

JDevers (83155) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424022)

Might want to re-read the weather report posted, looks like the Great Lakes region, northeast (N. Carolina up), and desert southwest are the only parts of the country to have good weather. Pretty much everywhere else will be cloudy.

A Program called MoonDock for OSX (1)

adzoox (615327) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424029)

I have a program called MoonDock for my Dock in Mac OS X. I launched it and was surprised to see that there's no mention of the lunar eclipse tonight. Is there a program that has as equally accomplished interface and has good lunar data on it, that, also shows lunar eclipse information? (For the Mac)

And for that matter, can anyone tell me if Starry Night Pro is worth the purchase?

Tonight will be a good night to impress friends with my green laser pointer - yep couldn't resist the ThinkGeek Ad anymore.

Re:A Program called MoonDock for OSX (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424042)

StarryNight was a painting by Vincent Van Gogh

http://www.beautifulwallpapers.com/wallpapers/ar t/ art21.jpg

THIS ARTICLE IS A FUCKING TROLL (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424066)

not to mention off-topic too

Re:THIS ARTICLE IS A F****** TROLL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424149)

How do you get that? I think he was looking for computer programs that give information about Lunar Eclipses.

Don't know Stary Night Pro try Knoppix. (2, Informative)

twitter (104583) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424275)

Knoppix 3.3 has a nice little star plotter, Kstars [kde.org] . I don't know if it does lunar, but it does star plots from any place and time on Earth and you can't beat the price. Kstars has also been included in Debian's Astronomy Education Pacage [debian.org] , which has many other goodies, one of which might have your lunar info.

If all of this leaves you and your Mac cold, I'm sorry. Debian does have a Mac port, but I'm unfamiliar with it. Knoppix is on the way for you [knoppix.net] if it's not already here.

Free software for everyone!

Re:A Program called MoonDock for OSX (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424297)

One of my favorites is a program called Celestia [shatters.net] , which will let you view the lunar eclipse from the surface of the moon! Free, open source, and available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

AC.

In... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424031)

In Soviet Russia, the moon eclipses you!

I know, a half-assed joke for a full mooning ;)

Are we a bit self-centered maybe ? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424036)

we will have clear skies for most of the country

Perhaps you should have gone all the way and type " The Country". How about next time you just go for "the US", hmm ?

AMERICA IS TOO SLASHDOT CENTRIC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424130)

My comments (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424068)

What if I shove my big dick in your full moon, would your hole be eclipsed enough for ya?!

My dick ain't earth, but it's earth shattering! And after a while, I'll show you my 'Milky Way!' Right up your intergalactic!

Meteors (4, Informative)

Aardpig (622459) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424088)

It's worth also pointing out that tonight we will be experiencing the Leonids meteor shower. This is one of the stronger showers of the year, and back in 1998 it produced around 200 meteors per hour. While its not possible to predict how many meteors there will be this year, the fact that the shower is combined with a lunar eclipse makes it rather special, IMHO. Interestingly enough, the same conincidence happened last year!

Re:Meteors (1)

Garabito (720521) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424394)

I remember '98 Leonids shower. That was really beutiful! One of the greatests things I've seen in my life, I think. (1st is '91 solar eclipse)

It's a shame we have full moon tonight, so seeing the shower will be harder. In the other hand, if we had not full moon, we would not have eclipse.

conspiracy (3, Funny)

mraymer (516227) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424102)

Anyone notice how the day Matrix Reloaded hit theaters there was also a lunar eclipse? And now we have another one in time for Revolutions... It's a conspiracy, I tell you! The Matrix has you!

But seriously... here's a nice animation [nasa.gov] of what we can expect tonight.

The math's not that difficult (2, Informative)

ScottSpeaks! (707844) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424107)

"To obtain the time and location for your area..."

Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse happens simultaneously regardless of where you are. The only questions are A) what time zone you're in (a little simple arithmetic), and B) whether you're in the right place to have an unobstructed view of the moon.

Fun prank (1)

JordanH (75307) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424111)

In the next few days, when anyone describes the Lunar eclipse to you, say "Wow, was the moon full before the eclipse?" I've found that invariably, they'll say "Why yes, it was!"

You can then make them feel kinda dumb by pointing out that the Moon is always full before an eclipse.

Gads, (1)

twitter (104583) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424291)

You can then make them feel kinda dumb by pointing out that the Moon is always full before an eclipse.

You are a troll in real life too!

Nice (4, Funny)

bogie (31020) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424165)

Time to fly to a small 3rd world country and take over. Once I demonstrate that I can make the moon disappear I'm sure I'll be declared their new King.
MUAHAHA

-SMACK- (1)

twitter (104583) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424337)

You have to put on a display and tell them the moon is dying or angry as anyone can see from it's blood red color. Yes, that's been creeping people out forever. It even bothers animals. The blood red moon might just as well be used to agitate the first world as a sign of golbal warning, "Look how red it is! Our indexes show that this is not normal, do as we say and all will be well."

The problem in the third world is that someone is likely to smack your silly head with their BBC shortwave radio. They might then burn you as the witch you pretend to be. It takes real skill and close attention to local culture to convince people you have special power AND their best interest at heart. Fear is just one component of respect.

The problem in the first world is that you might be taken seriously. Here, have another E-slap.

-SMACK-

Now behave.

Re:Nice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424354)

Tintin?

good star map software? (1)

morgue-ann (453365) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424190)

Any pointers to software where you put in your longitude & latitude & it draws a star map for your location?

I'm googling in another tab, but I'm hoping for a pointer to something that actually works.

I got the azimuth & altitude figures for tonight, but I'm having a little trouble visualizing it.

Re:good star map software? (2, Informative)

Anonymous QWord (590872) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424242)

What OS? Sun Clock [mapmaker.com] for Win32 includes a sky map. I won't vouch for it being great (I Am Not An Astronomer) but if you want something for free that you can set up in a few minutes, give it a shot.

Re:good star map software? (2, Informative)

p_trekkie (597206) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424261)

If you run linux, Kstars [kde.org] is an excellent and free choice. If you don't, there's a web based sky chart [skyandtelescope.com] available from Sky and Telescope magazine's website.

Better Calculator (3, Informative)

loconet (415875) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424234)

Here is a better calculator [navy.mil] with the option to find times for the rest of the world as well as other eclipses.

Danjon Scale (4, Informative)

ripleymj (660610) | more than 10 years ago | (#7424383)

Amateur astronomers are encouraged to make a note of the appearance of the eclipse and rank it on the Danjon scale. The scale [nasa.gov] looks something like this:
L = 0 Very dark eclipse. Moon almost invisible, especially at mid-totality.

L = 1 Dark Eclipse, gray or brownish in coloration. Details distinguishable only with difficulty.

L = 2 Deep red or rust-colored eclipse. Very dark central shadow, while outer edge of umbra is relatively bright.

L = 3 Brick-red eclipse. Umbral shadow usually has a bright or yellow rim.

L = 4 Very bright copper-red or orange eclipse. Umbral shadow has a bluish, very bright rim.

The data is collected by Sky & Telescope and eventually NASA. For lack of another address, (astronomy AT valivingmuseum.org) is collecting data. Along with your rating on the Danjon scale, please include the following:
-Time of Viewing & time zone
-Sky Conditions: (e.g. clear, thin clouds, partly cloudy, etc.)
-General Location

Clear skies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7424523)

It looks like the weather will cooperate and we will have clear skies

NOT HERE (BUENOS AIRES) YOU INSENSITIVE CLOD!!!! It's raining :-(
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