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From: Dragoness (1Dragones) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host2/9/08 11:05 PM 
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For the photography enthusiasts among us, this should (weather permitting) provide a great opportunity for some unique photos. This should also be a great opportunity for both homeschoolers and other students of science. I hope I get to see this eclipse. The last one supposedly visible in North America was obscured from my location by bad weather. :(

Coming Feb. 20: Total Eclipse of the Moon

By Joe Rao, Skywatching Columnist

posted: 07 February 2008 06:38 am ET

Mark Wednesday, Feb. 20, on your calendar as "Lunar Eclipse Night," for if the weather is fair you should have no difficulty observing a total eclipse of the moon.  Editor's Note: will provide a complete eclipse viewer's guide Feb. 15.

Full Moon Names for 2008

By Joe Rao, Skywatching Columnist

posted: 18 January 2008  06:23 am ET

Full moon names were bestowed by the Native Americans of what is now the northern and eastern United States. A few hundred years ago, those tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred.

The Disappearing Moon: Why and Where it Hides

By Robert Roy Britt, Senior Science Writer

posted: 07:00 am ET 08 September 2003

Now and then a reader asks why the Moon isn't always in our night sky. While the answer is obvious to astronomers, most people have lives outside astronomy, or more to the point, they have lives that are mostly inside buildings.

How a Lunar Eclipse Saved Columbus

By Joe Rao, Skywatching Columnist

posted: 08 February 2008 04:44 am ET

On the night of Feb. 20, the full moon will pass into Earth's shadow in an event that will be visible across all of the United States and Canada. The total lunar eclipse will be made even more striking by the presence of the nearby planet Saturn and the bright bluish star, Regulus. Eclipses in the distant past often terrified viewers who took them as evil omens. Certain lunar eclipses had an overwhelming effect on historic events. One of the most famous examples is the trick pulled by Christopher Columbus.

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