Look it's the Great Pumpkin...

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Don't forget to check it out tonight. It's hard to miss. ;)
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2004/13oct_lunareclipse.htm

Total Lunar Eclipse

On Wednesday night, Oct. 27th, North Americans can see a total eclipse of the moon.

October 13, 2004: According to folklore, October's full moon is called the "Hunter's Moon" or sometimes the "Blood Moon." It gets its name from hunters who tracked and killed their prey by autumn moonlight, stockpiling food for the winter ahead. You can picture them: silent figures padding through the forest, the moon overhead, pale as a corpse, its cold light betraying the creatures of the wood.

The Blood Moon rises this year on Wednesday, Oct. 27th. At first it will seem pale and cold, as usual. And then ... blood red.

It's a lunar eclipse. Beginning at 9:14 p.m. EDT (6:14 p.m. PDT), the moon will glide through Earth's shadow for more than three hours. Observers on every continent (map) except Australia (sorry guys :( ) can see the event: The pale-white moon will turn pumpkin orange as it plunges into shadow, becoming eerie red during totality.

Right: A lunar eclipse on May 15, 2003, photographed by Loyd Overcash of Houston, Texas. [More]

What makes the eclipsed moon turn red? The answer lies inside Earth's shadow:

Our planet casts a long shadow. It starts on the ground--Step outside at night. You're in Earth's shadow. Think about it!--and it stretches almost a million miles into space, far enough to reach the moon.

Suppose you had a personal spaceship. Here's your mission: Tonight, at midnight, blast off and fly down the middle of Earth's shadow. Keep going until you're about 200,000 miles above Earth, almost to the moon. Now turn around and look down. The view from your cockpit window is Earth's nightside, the dark half of our planet opposite the sun. But it's not completely dark! All around Earth's limb, the atmosphere glows red.

What you're seeing is every sunrise and sunset on Earth--all at once. This ring of light shines into Earth's shadow, breaking the utter darkness you might expect to find there. Turn off the cockpit lights. There's a lovely red glow.

Click on link for more interesting information. :)
 
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Hey, that's starting right now. I'm too lazy and full of dinner to go outside now though. I'll wait an hour or so and check it out.

:cool:
 

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9:36 PM, East Coast, NJ: Eclipse started at 9:14 PM. I have been watching it throught the telescope and binoculars since about 9:20 PM. I notice a tinge of red on the inner edge of the shadow. It's about a quarter into the eclipse.
 

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9:50 PM, East Coast, NJ: Partial eclipse, 50% covered, red/orange tinge more prominent on the covered portion. Moon looks as if it is glowing from the inside out.
 
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The NASA site says that totality will begin at 10:23 and end at 11:45 eastern time. 13 minutes to go. ;) Pretty cool. :)
 

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Fog so thick here, would need a 500 foot knife to see the clouds. :(
 

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I took some pictures, and I'm about to go out and look at it again and I'll take more pictures. There is no reason for me to take pictures; there will be better ones on the net (I don't have a monster telephoto lens), but of course I'm taking them anyway.... :rolleyes:
 
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Awwwww...nuts. Overcast for me too. Where did this fog come from? That wasn't predicted. Kinda spooky red glow though.
 
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South Central Texas reporting in. I was able to sit in the rocking chair on the back porch for the show. It is a little overcast here and some light clouds passed by but the view was always pretty good. By the time it was total, it really did have a coppery look. Pretty cool sight. I read that people once would shoot arrows and throw spears to drive it away. I pretty much just sat and watched though.
 

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I went for about an hour's walk right after it began. This is the clearest night we've had for an astronomical event in years! :D Not a cloud in the sky until just before totality, and a pretty good view even then.
 

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Aberdeen, WA checking in...I've spent about an hour (off and on) glassing the Moon so far...From here (through a nice, clear sky), just a few minutes before the total eclipse it had a nice orangeish glow...Now it has a redish color to it...Way cool!.:).
 
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