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Old 12-20-2010, 11:44 PM   #1
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Default Total lunar eclipse TONIGHT Dec 20-21

I'm not an astronomy aficionado, but I try to catch a glimpse of stuff when it doesn't require me going too far out of my way and it's visible without a telescope, like meteor showers and stuff.

Tonight there is a total lunar eclipse that will be visible in all of North America and various other parts of the world. The penumbra (faint) will hit at 1:15 a.m. EST, then the umbra (noticeable disk of darkness) at 1:33 a.m. EST. Totality begins at 2:41 a.m. EST and will last for 72 minutes.

Apparently the last time there was a total lunar eclipse on the winter solstice was a few hundred years ago. I'm probably going to set my alarm and try to catch at least a few minutes of it. The last time I froze my *** off staring up at the sky was for the Leonid meteor shower when they were particularly strong, in like 2001 I think. Good times.
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So totality means you can't see it? I'm not going outside to look at something I can't see. Maybe the penumbra or umbra... but even then... meh.
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My understanding is that you'll still be able to see the moon, but in totality it will be fairly dark and will likely have an odd hue, maybe orange-reddish. Not sure. I don't know that I've ever seen a total lunar eclipse.
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Well this blows, freezing rain with heavy cloud cover. Damnit.
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I got a perfect view. And Booooooozzz.
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I had one! Till a ****** cloud decided to get in the ****** way....... FAWK!
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Here's my contribution:

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On a side note, I went back outside to see if there was a break in the clouds. Nope.....

But I did hear a cat getting fucked.
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Extremely heavy cloud cover here made focusing difficult, but I did manage 1 shot.
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it was lame, I went inside and saved the strain on my neck
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I saw an eclipse of the insides of my eyelids.
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I forgot to wake back up and look at it.
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I thought it was tonight. ****.

Does this have anything to do with the ending of days??
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nothing at all.
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I definitely also did not see the moon last night. Awesome. The book I was reading and the whiskey I was drinking, however, were more than satisfactory.
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We had light clouds at the beginning that made it a little fuzzy, but it cleared up nicely. I looked at it every few minutes, during the commercials while I was watching Top Gear, and I managed to stay awake until it was a few minutes into totality. Got some pretty cool deep red and orange colors. I don't have any pics worth posting because I only have shitty point & shoot cameras.
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Here's a good timelapse:

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Wow. Wish I could have seen that. I tried to stay up but fell asleep around 1:45.
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I saw its blood red hue. It was preety sweet when the clouds weren't covering it up.
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