GIMME A DOUBLE: SECOND LUNAR ECLIPSE OF 2007:
AUGUST 28, 2007: WILL YOU BE ABLE TO SEE IT?:
The second eclipse of 2007 is coming up soon- in the early hours of August 28th. Are you going to be able to catch this event ? Refer to the somewhat blurry (sorry) map above. In the central, darker area there will be no visible eclipse. At least part of the eclipse, however, will be visible from the Americas and East Asia. As you travel west across the Atlantic the first dividing line (labelled P1, though this is hard to read in the above) indicates the beginning of the penumbral eclipse at the time of Moon set. The next one, U1, is the zone where the partial eclipse begins at Moonset; the one after, U2, indicates that the total eclipse will have begun just as the Moon is setting, The 4th zone, U3, is where the total eclipse will have ended just as the Moon is setting. As you can see this comprises most of eastern Canada, the USA, the Caribbean and South America. U4, the Central Time Zone in which Manitoba is located, will see the full visible eclipse to the end of the partial eclipse. P4 indicates the end of the penumbral eclipse. The penumbral phases of the eclipse are very faint and difficult to see. The light coloured areas in the above diagram indicate the parts of the world where the whole process will be visible- from the western coast of North America, across the Pacific to the eastern part of Australia.
In east Asia the process will be reversed as the eclipse begins at Moon rise. The second line on that side of the world indicates the zone where the Moon is rising as the partial eclipse begins. This means that most of east Asia will miss the full eclipse as the Moon will rise in most of that area in zones where the total eclipse is either just starting or even ending.
The times for the event here in the Central Time Zone are 3:51 for the beginning of the partial eclipse, 4:52 for the beginning of totality, 5:37 for mid-eclipse, 6:22 for the end of totality and 7:24 for the end of the partial eclipse.
More on the August 28th eclipse later. Maybe even a better map if I can find one.