Monday, August 20, 2007

Last Thursday, August 16th, Molly wrote a post on the upcoming lunar eclipse with the title 'Will You Be Able to See It?'. I included a map that laid out the various world time zones that see, don't see or see only part of the eclipse. The map, however, was less than perfectly readable. I received a query about whether the eclipse would be visible in London, England. As I replied it will not. The questioner had a point in that he asked for the time of the eclipse in GMT (UT). So, to be my ever helpful self here are a few signposts to the time of the various events during this eclipse. I give both the GMT and the CDT (Central Daylight Time) here in Winnipeg. If the reader is interested in converting these times to their own time zones I urge him or her to go to the Time And Date.Com website. It's actually much more than a time zone converter. You can find the times of Moonrise/Moonset and Sunrise/Sunset there- especially useful in this matter if you want to see if the Moon is visible through all the events of the upcoming eclipse. Here in Winnipeg in the CDT zone the Moon rises at 8:29 PM and sets at 6:45 AM on the 28th. As you can see from the times given below this means that we will be able to observe "most" of the eclipse, but the Moon will have already set when the final partial eclipse ends. Points to the west will have a fuller view.
Time and Date.Com also has a calculator for the phases of the Moon and a distance calculator for travel between various world points. There's a "countdown calculator" for numbering the days to various events. You can find the latitude and longitude of your location there. And so much more. A real feast for the trivia addicts such as Molly.
Anyways, here's the times for the various parts of the upcoming eclipse.
Partial eclipse begins 03:51 AM CDT///08:51 AM GMT
Total eclipse begins 04:52 AM CDT///09:52 AM GMT
Mid-totality 05:37 AM CDT///10:37 AM GMT
Total eclipse ends 06:22 AM CDT///11:22 AM GMT
Partial eclipse ends 07:24 AM CDT///12:24 PM GMT
Molly has other posts on this blog about the upcoming eclipse. See:
'How Dark Will It Be ? The Danjon Scale' Saturday, August 18th
'Will You Be Able to See It' Thursday, August 16th.
There are also posts here on the last lunar eclipse on March 3rd. See:
'Lunar Eclipse, March 3rd' Friday', Feb 16th
'Lunar Eclipse Factoids' Friday, March 2nd
'The Moon and the Last Minute' Saturday, March 3rd

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