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Total Lunar Eclipse this coming August 28th, 2007

On Tuesday, August 28th, the dream will come true. There's going to be a colorful lunar eclipse visible from the five continents.

On August 28th when the Moon enters Earth's shadow, at first, there's little change. The outskirts of Earth's shadow are as pale as the Moon itself; an onlooker might not even realize anything is happening. But as the Moon penetrates deeper, a startling metamorphosis occurs. Later the color of the Moon changes from moondust-gray to sunset-red. This is totality, and it lasts for 90 minutes.

The eclipse will be visible from Australia, Japan, parts of Asia and most of the Americas, but not from Africa or Europe. Pacific observers are favored. On the west coast of the United States, the entire eclipse will unfold high in the post-midnight sky. On the east coast, totality will be truncated by sunrise.

During a Total Lunar Eclipse, the Sun, Moon and Earth are in alignment causing the Earth to block all direct sunlight from reaching the Moon. However, it will not become obliterated, for the Moon will be tinged by residual sunlight that is deflected by Earth's atmosphere. Gradually, the Full Moon reduces to a crescent until it becomes entirely dark deep brown or coppery bronze. This is just the sight to behold when you are anticipating a lunar eclipse as rare as this.

It's almost about an hour for people in Malaysia to see it. The lunar eclipse is visible to whole Malaysia as long as under clear sky and no obstruction at the east. Moon only rises around 1919 (7:19PM) local time and it is going to end at 2023(8:23PM) local time. The lunar eclipse can be seen with unaided naked eye (No telescope needed). Therefore be ready when time comes to sunset for a clear eastern sky.

Total Lunar Eclipse

Photos of the March 3, 2007, partial lunar eclipse. Credit: Antonio Finazzi and Michele Festa of Lago di Garda, Italy.

The Sun, Moon and Earth are in alignment causing the Earth to block all direct sunlight from reaching the Moon.

The Earth as seen from the Moon (normal vs. eclipse) during 27th of October 2004 Lunar Eclipse.


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