Rare 'Blood Moon' Lunar Eclipse Visible Tonight!

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    Apr 15, 2014 1:49 AM GMT
    I can't wait to whip out my camera tonighticon_cool.gif!!! Surprised there wasnt a post yet so decided to share fellas.
    If you're a werewolf like me you should join me ;]

    "Stargazers are getting ready for a rare event tonight and early Tuesday, as a total lunar eclipse makes a blood moon visible across much of the United States. The eclipse, which results from the Earth's position between the moon and sun, will begin at 12:53a ET Tuesday, reach totality at 3:06a ET, end at 4:24a ET."
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    MORE INFO: http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/04/14/details-rare-blood-moon-lunar-eclipse-be-visible-tonight
    Hope every one is well, take care guys and enjoy!
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    Apr 15, 2014 2:11 AM GMT
    I won't be able to view it on the East Coast due to weather, but I saw it in August 2011 in Afghanistan.
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    Apr 15, 2014 2:39 AM GMT
    coolarmydude saidI won't be able to view it on the East Coast due to weather, but I saw it in August 2011 in Afghanistan.

    Aw man! Wish you were able to atleast glance at it. Im starting to feel iffy about the view I'll have tonight. I saw plenty of clouds passing over the moon on my way home. Guess I'll wait and see.
    (I hope it looks as dramatically red as the picture aboveicon_neutral.gif)
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    Apr 15, 2014 4:51 AM GMT
    I've missed every astronomical event in my lifetime given weather, having to get up early, or being in the wrong hemisphere. Tonight - cloud cover.
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    Apr 15, 2014 6:26 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidI've missed every astronomical event in my lifetime given weather, having to get up early, or being in the wrong hemisphere. Tonight - cloud cover.

    LOL! Sorry to hear(read) that, man you have quite the luck eh.
    Tonight I'm witnessing my 1st astronomical event woot! It'll come around again dont worry "eagermuscle", hopefully next time you'll be able to see it!icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 15, 2014 7:33 AM GMT
    Lol I was just looking at this... I was like..... Is there another planet? Lolololololol

    Yay I saw a blood moon! :-)
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    Apr 15, 2014 9:05 AM GMT
    I did too!!! WOOT! It was a successful night/morning. Got some good shots icon_cool.gif Beautiful indeed, I think I also saw Mars?Brightest shining light right by the moon.
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    Apr 15, 2014 12:45 PM GMT
    Jakeandbake said
    eagermuscle saidI've missed every astronomical event in my lifetime given weather, having to get up early, or being in the wrong hemisphere. Tonight - cloud cover.

    LOL! Sorry to hear(read) that, man you have quite the luck eh.
    Tonight I'm witnessing my 1st astronomical event woot! It'll come around again dont worry "eagermuscle", hopefully next time you'll be able to see it!icon_wink.gif

    Thanks! I'm hoping to catch Kohoutek the next time it comes 'round.
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    Apr 15, 2014 2:23 PM GMT
    Pardon the poor quality as I've just a pocket camera...

    about 10-11 pm through the trees with the moon behind a translucent cover of clouds yet still quite bright...

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    a bit past 3 am, I got out in time to see it from when there was just a fragment glimmering full light towards the bottom of the moon but didn't think of taking a pic so I went back inside for camera and tri pod. It was already fully eclipsed by the time I got back out and set up.

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    I watched in wonder for about 20 minutes while the sky was perfectly clear but then a thin layer of clouds moved in, darkening the moon already shaded by shadow.
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    Apr 15, 2014 3:25 PM GMT
    We had severe storms last night so didn't get to see it. icon_sad.gif
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    Apr 15, 2014 4:53 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidWe had severe storms last night so didn't get to see it. icon_sad.gif


    Same here! What a bummer!
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    Apr 15, 2014 4:54 PM GMT
    theantijock saidPardon the poor quality as I've just a pocket camera...

    about 10-11 pm through the trees with the moon behind a translucent cover of clouds yet still quite bright...

    eclipse-1_zps17fb3b84.jpg

    a bit past 3 am, I got out in time to see it from when there was just a fragment glimmering full light towards the bottom of the moon but didn't think of taking a pic so I went back inside for camera and tri pod. It was already fully eclipsed by the time I got back out and set up.

    eclipse-2_zps81c0f079.jpg

    I watched in wonder for about 20 minutes while the sky was perfectly clear but then a thin layer of clouds moved in, darkening the moon already shaded by shadow.


    Love the pics! Glad you got to see it!
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    Apr 15, 2014 5:33 PM GMT
    Jakeandbake said... I think I also saw Mars? Brightest shining light right by the moon.


    I think that was Saturn. Mars is the red planet shown here--though my camera didn't pick up the colors--all the way over to the right of both the Moon and Saturn.

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    JumpMan_Josh saidLove the pics! Glad you got to see it!


    Thank you Josh. Sorry you missed that one but I think I read or heard that this is just the first of a rare quadruple event taking place I think this year, all visible from the USA. Double check me on that.

    I was one of those kids with a refracting telescope and I used it a lot. I had a friend in 4th and 5th grade with a reflecting telescope and I was so jealous but he let me use it. I always wanted but never had the money as a kid for one that a 35mm camera hooks into. I always thought those were so cool.

    With all the light pollution these days most of us hardly get the see the night's sky anymore. I have more stars here where I relocated but south Florida where I've been has very few visible. It was amazing when Hurricane Wilma put our lights out, suddenly there were the stars again.

    Still, nothing like seeing the Milky Way back when I was a kid in the Catskills. There's some comfort from the dark of night when the skies are filled with stars, missing when there's not much above us but a void and, but for a few still speckles, the lone light of the traveler moon.
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    Apr 15, 2014 10:43 PM GMT
    All this astronomical nighttime sky talk has inspired me, so brace yourselves for my most frustrating free-associated personal anecdote ever on RJ where, amazingly, you may be even more frustrated for me than by me.

    Back when I looked 17 (but was years older and still a self-hating virgin about to bust at the seams), backpacking Slovenia at a lake idyll in Bled, I stumbled upon a fellow traveler reading and sunbathing by the water's edge, and noticed the book's cover:

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    Even knowing nothing I knew that had to be a gay book. I mean, with an author named "Edmund White?" C'mon!

    Ignoring the book I struck up a conversation because he really turned me on - midwest high school Prom King type (turned out he was from Chicago, and as I learned later had been Prom King), dirty blonde hair, a light dusting of brown fur on his pecs, a physique to die for, and light eyes, one of which was lazy and didn't detract but accentuated his perfection. He said he was going to climb Mount Triglav and did I want to join him?

    I'd never been mountain climbing before much less with a personable muscular hunk who backpacked shirtless in Dolphin shorts so I agreed. At sunset on the first day of climbing we set up “camp” at the edge of a mountain lake we had to ourselves – he with his sleeping bag and me with my “sleep sheet sack,” a sleeping bag liner which, absent the bag, was akin to sleeping in a giant pillowcase. Right before the sky blackened a group of campers arrived and started a fire a hundred yards or so away. Then he said “Prepare yourself – the show’s about to begin.”

    What he meant was the light show. With no city lights bleaching the night sky I observed not a major astronomical event but an everyday one – ongoing meteor showers clearly visible to the naked eye with the gauzy panorama of the Milky Way as backdrop, so framed by the peaks surrounding us as to evoke a planetarium. But what I wasn’t prepared for was how cold it got at that altitude. I shivered all night in that flimsy sack on a bed of rocks, debating whether to ask him whether I could share his sleeping bag, and I would've being so far from the influence of friends and family if it weren't for the proximity of those damned campers. To this day my greatest regret was not asking that night, nor the nights after as we ascended to greater, colder and more barren heights. I traveled light in those days, without even a camera. He could have been my first and greatest love and I not only don't have a single photo but I can’t even remember his name, yet on clear nights with starry skies I can't look up without thinking of him.
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    Apr 16, 2014 12:23 AM GMT
    After being overcast all day, the sky cleared as evening fell, and when I got up to take a pee at 2am, the eclipse was in totality. I sleepily admired the beauty from a window and went back to bed.
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    Apr 16, 2014 12:27 AM GMT
    Eagermuscle
    Wow man....wow. Well thanks for sharing that haha I was captivated the whole way through lol.icon_neutral.gificon_cry.gificon_eek.gificon_biggrin.gif