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Topic # 15352 17-Aug-2007 17:57
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NZPA | Friday, 17 August 2007
The only lunar eclipse visible from New Zealand for more than three years will happen later this month.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth passes between the sun and the moon, blocking the light from the sun reaching the moon's surface. The moon will pass through the shadow of the earth.

The eclipse on Tuesday, August 28 will start at 7.52pm, but won't be noticed until around 8.51pm, when the moon enters the full shadow of the earth.

The moon will be fully eclipsed by the earth's shadow from 9.52pm to 11.23pm, with the eclipse over by 1.22am.

Carter Observatory senior astronomer Brian Carter said the impressive part of a lunar eclipse was the rich coppery red colour of the moon during its time in shadow.

This was caused by the dusty earth's atmosphere scattering red light onto the lunar surface, he said.

If you miss this eclipse, your next chance to see one is not until December 2010.


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  Reply # 82745 17-Aug-2007 18:13
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Think they poached from

[1] 1st contact penumbra Aug 28, 7:52:11 Aug 28, 7:52:11 pm
[2] 1st contact umbra Aug 28, 8:50:57 Aug 28, 8:50:57 pm
[3] 2nd contact umbra Aug 28, 9:52:00 Aug 28, 9:52:00 pm
[4] Maximum eclipse Aug 28, 10:37:22 Aug 28, 10:37:22 pm
[5] 3rd contact umbra Aug 28, 11:22:45 Aug 28, 11:22:45 pm
[6] 4th contact umbra Aug 28, 12:23:50 Aug 29, 12:23:50 am
[7] 2nd contact penumbra Aug 28, 13:22:29 Aug 29, 1:22:29 am

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  Reply # 82879 19-Aug-2007 13:06
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Nah, real dedicated folks are waiting even longer. Wink


Dec 26th. 2038 - a mere 31 years from now.

A solar eclipse, over New Zealand, right over P Nth Thumbs Up

Reserve your spot at someone's place now. Just 31 years away, better get in quick.


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  Reply # 84150 28-Aug-2007 16:55
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Tonight's the night for the Lunar eclipse Smile

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  Reply # 84153 28-Aug-2007 17:06
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I hope the cloud cover clears a bit more *sigh*

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  Reply # 84181 28-Aug-2007 20:45
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well looking good here for me so far, nice big window with the full moon shining in , clouds quite patchy so hopefully will got a good look in the next 1/2 hour

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Reply # 84183 28-Aug-2007 20:57
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Pictures in my blog...

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  Reply # 84186 28-Aug-2007 21:44
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Nothing but wind, clouds and showers here in Hamilton tonight.

Correction: Managed to have a look at it after 2235 at various intervals between clouds

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Reply # 84191 28-Aug-2007 22:34
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Most of it was seen here in Wellington, except for a couple of times the moon was covered with clouds. Shame it was kind of cold outside...

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  Reply # 84195 28-Aug-2007 23:07
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It was very cloudy here at Dunedin too and was too cold (than Wellington Wink)


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  Reply # 84287 29-Aug-2007 15:29
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Got a couple of nice frames last night, I'll post the shots later this evening.

Dunedin 7:49





All 50% crops from a EOS 1Dmk2 300 2.8 with 2x


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  Reply # 84542 30-Aug-2007 22:02
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Superb shots!!!!!! much much clearer than mine..

If only my good camera had decided to work :-( I ended up using the video camera instead on it's maximum 12x Zoom instead of my modified camerascope.

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  Reply # 84787 1-Sep-2007 12:42
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Here are a few random shots of mine:


Clouds, 9:33


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  Reply # 84828 1-Sep-2007 20:00
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Thanks for the comments Guy's ... it's the old story of throughing money at a problem, $15k's worth of camera had better make a good shot. I'm a freelance sports photographer in my spare time, hence the big glass. 



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