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ViveBene
February 20th, 2008, 11:11 PM
This one is superb, altho' a bit chilly to be out observing (temps hitting the subzero range again). Regulus and Saturn are supposed to be visible. Nothing for it but to don the woolies, thermals, fleece-lined pants, double mitts, and glacier glasses and go have a look. :wave:

VB

DeletedAccount
February 21st, 2008, 08:44 AM
I watched it here (an hour north of Toronto) last nite, that was pretty cool, we had a crisp and clear nite. 5F outside. At 10:10pm the moon almost disappeared completely.

ViveBene
February 21st, 2008, 08:47 AM
I watched it here (an hour north of Toronto) last nite, that was pretty cool, we had a crisp and clear nite. 5F outside. At 10:10pm the moon almost disappeared completely.

My sister in Harpers Ferry reported in with excellent viewing conditions (nothing about the temp!). She watched it with field glasses; I forgot to take mine with me on my viewing walk. I'll add a few links with nice photos, mostly taken from New England hiking sites:

http://ivyhikes.smugmug.com/gallery/4377540_oawFK#257019868
http://viewsandbrews.com/temp/IMG_8043.JPG

From the Musekegon (MI) Chronicle: a sequence:
http://blog.mlive.com/chronicle/2008/02/a_clear_night_for_a_beautiful.html

And a nice sequence on Webshots:
http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/562560354HELMhO

shark
February 21st, 2008, 10:02 AM
Check out the images in the Lunar Eclipse Gallery on Spaceweather.com

The bright "star" to the left of the eclipse was actually the planet Saturn.

ViveBene
February 21st, 2008, 10:22 AM
Check out the images in the Lunar Eclipse Gallery on Spaceweather.com

The bright "star" to the left of the eclipse was actually the planet Saturn.

Thanks; I'll look on that site too. It really was a treat. The moon looked huge, and as the pictures show and many people observed, lots of details were visible. Exquisite. And good pictures were taken by amateurs with fairly common digital cameras.

Saturn to this naked eye looked just like a bright, five-pointed star! Regulus was also quite visible, although most of Leo, its constellation, was obscured by city light pollution. (I should think Chicago would be visible from the moon, although the city has tamped down its light emanations in the past decade.) :)

VB

geochuck
February 21st, 2008, 10:37 AM
My daughter called me and said it was a beautiful thing to watch.

She asked me to go to the window and watch. I opened the drapes and saw the street light on a post.

For me to see it I had to go outside to look at it. I did not, I continued watching the hockey game.

I hope you can give me the blow by blow of every exciting movement so I can retell everyone how beatifull it was.

Calgary beat Dallas 3 - 2

kizzi77
February 21st, 2008, 08:33 PM
My sister in Harpers Ferry reported in with excellent viewing conditions (nothing about the temp!). She watched it with field glasses; I forgot to take mine with me on my viewing walk. I'll add a few links with nice photos, mostly taken from New England hiking sites:

http://ivyhikes.smugmug.com/gallery/4377540_oawFK#257019868
http://viewsandbrews.com/temp/IMG_8043.JPG

From the Musekegon (MI) Chronicle: a sequence:
http://blog.mlive.com/chronicle/2008/02/a_clear_night_for_a_beautiful.html

And a nice sequence on Webshots:
http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/562560354HELMhO



Thanks! I missed it. oops. :doh:

But these are great pictures!!

swimr4life
February 27th, 2008, 02:22 PM
I tried to watch it between clouds here in Georgia.....but I can't complain! We got some MUCH NEEDED rain thanks to those clouds. When I could see it, it was beautiful!