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The Lunar Eclipse - Dec 20-12 , 2010

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    Lightbulb The Lunar Eclipse - Dec 20-12 , 2010

    Anyone watching the eclipse tonight? I hope some of our photographers will take some shots. I plan to watch it. It will happen here at 1:41 am on Dec. 21, just under three hours from now. so excited to see it. The next one we will be able to see on this continent doesn't come until April 14-15, 2014. According to Lunar eclipses | Need to Know
    The upcoming eclipse is Saros series 125. This series began way back on July 17, 1163, and has 72 cycles. During the first few cycles of the series, only a small part of the moon is obscured. Each succeeding cycle carves away a little bit more. Close to the middle of the series, the moon is completely covered by Earth’s shadow, causing a total eclipse.
    This particular eclipse, occurring just past the middle of the series, is cycle number 48. This Saros series has 26 total lunar eclipses, with the last taking place on March 19, 2155. After that, ever smaller partial eclipses will result. When the final sliver of the moon is eclipsed, in September 9, 2443, this Saros cycle will be complete.
    I am pretty excited to be here to see this one. Check out SkyandTelescope.com - Homepage Observing - A Sky-High Lunar Eclipse also for some cool facts.

    Cheers,
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    Sigh. The whole state of Hawaii has cloud cover tonite,, so no luck here where the air would normally be real clear..

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidpeople View Post
    Sigh. The whole state of Hawaii has cloud cover tonite,, so no luck here where the air would normally be real clear..
    Sorry to hear that, Bob. I hope some of the members here take some photos to share so you get to see it. I will attempt to photograph it, but I usually only get one or two shots out of 50 to turn out. haha...

    cheers,
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    I'll be shooting from my 2nd floor balcony. Clear night in Tampa FL. Chilly but very clear. I was Going to go to the beach, but the moon is straight above my apartment. I hope the shots turn out. It took awhile to find the correct setting on my camera. Had to reduce the exposure setting to -3 for the full moon shots. I'm sure that will have to be adjusted has the eclipse starts. Still Having Fun ! Rich
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    oh thats right! we are the first to see it behind tonga of course.....its happening here in less than an hr, 8 17pm now, and starts about 10 to 9 pm......very nasty skies though.....a few clear patches but thats all.....

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    So cloudy here it is hard to see much of the eclipse. I took several photos, but I will have to wait until after I have slept to take a look.

    Cheers,
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    Thumbs up Eclispe Photos From Tampa FL.

    I gave up at 3:30 am. It was a little chilly and I had to kneel on the concrete porch to see the lcd screen of my camera. They aren't the best photos, some did turn out well. I won't say how many I shot. lol. Enjoy,Rich
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    Very nice, Rich. I got to see it even though I got to sleep thanks to you.

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