Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lunar Eclipse, Not

Last night we set our alarm for 1:30AM CST so that we could catch the Lunar Eclipse at 1:41CST. When we went to bed, the sky was clear and the moon was really bright.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth casts its shadow on the full moon, blocking the sun's rays that otherwise reflect off the moon's surface. Some indirect sunlight still pierces through to give the moon its eerie hue.

The totality phase - when the moon was completely immersed in Earth's shadow - lasted 72 minutes.

Lunar eclipses are safe to watch with the naked eye, unlike solar eclipses.

The next total lunar eclipse will occur in June 2011 and will not be visible from North America.

We were sad to see the clouds had rolled in since we went to bed and we couldn't see the moon anymore.

Even the dogs were bummed. Colby's response to not seeing the moon was, "Awe, poop! ........... Is that a cuss word, Dad?"

Maybe next time.

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