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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:25 am 
I'm struggling to find what i need to know about this. Any advice for viewing in the middle east gratefully received

http://www.space.com/13856-total-lunar-eclipse-rare-senelion.html

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This year's second total lunar eclipse on Saturday (Dec. 10) will offer a rare chance to see a strange celestial sight traditionally thought impossible.

Ringside seats for the lunar eclipse can be found in Alaska, Hawaii, northwestern Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and central and eastern Asia. Over the contiguous United States and Canada, the eastern zones will see either only the initial penumbral stages before moonset, or nothing at all.

Over the central regions of the United States, the moon will set as it becomes progressively immersed in the Earth's umbral shadow. The Rocky Mountain states and the prairie provinces will see the moon set in total eclipse, while out west the moon will start to emerge from the shadow as it sets.

The moon passes through the southern part of the Earth's shadow, with totality beginning at 6:06 a.m. PST and lasting 51 minutes. [Total Eclipse of the Moon (Infographic)]


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Work out what time it starts/ends at your location and get out there! If you want to get a preview of where to look, you can try some planetarium software, although I don't know of anything specific to recommend as I just use one I got bundled with one of my scopes.

Based on 6am PST, that's... about 3pm UK time, which with a quick look at my planetarium software the moon is rising about 4pm. Doh! So I wonder if I find a place with a low horizon if I can catch the last stages of it... mix to that the weather forecast here is for cloud moving in as the day goes on.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:46 am 
Popo - which direction will it be rising from according to your software?


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In the UK, between E and NE (closer to NE). Actually I can change the location to Dubai (close enough to you?) and from there it is showing the moon rising between 5-6pm your local time from ENE.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:23 am 
Hmmmmm that means the mountains will be in the way

Some one has said the timing of the eclipse will be 1837 local time. I wonder if this is the start finish or mid point?


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:28 am 
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overcast tonight, so next to no chance of seeing anything.

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In the UK I think we need to be at least in Northern Scotland to see it fully & even then the weather doesn't look promising.

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Completely overcast here, but I still went out and at least there was a nice sunset :)

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