Saturday, 3 March 2007
Lunar Eclipse due in UK tonight!
Tonight, people in the UK and most of Euroe should be able to observe the first lunar eclipse since 2001. This phenomenon occurs when the Earth passes directly between the Moon and the Sun and a partial eclipse will begin at 8.16pm as the Moon enters the Earth's penumbra, the twilight zone between shadow and illumination. At this stage its effects will be difficult to see. The Moon will be fully immersed in the Earth's shadow by 10.44pm. Mid-eclipse will occur at 11.21pm with the Moon 44 degrees above the southern horizon. Having checked out my local weather forecast I think it's pretty unlikely that I'll see it but fingers crossed.