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Total Lunar Eclipses
August 28, 2007
February 20-21, 2008
or after the eclipse, try some lunar activities (below)
with your friends, family, or classmates.
August 28, 2007
(EDT=Eastern Daylight Time)
(Penumbral* Eclipse Begins: 03:53 EDT)
Partial Eclipse Begins: 04:51 EDT
Total Eclipse Begins: 05:52 EDT
Greatest Eclipse: 06:37 EDT
Total Eclipse Ends: 07:22 EDT
Partial Eclipse Ends: 08:23 EDT
(Penumbral* Eclipse Ends: 08:21 UT)
*The penumbral eclipse portion is difficult to discern, as the shadow
is very subtle.
For observers in the eastern U.S. and in the Great Lakes region, the
moon sets during the total eclipse, so you won't see the second half of
the eclipse. Meanwhile, the approaching sun is brightening the
For example, from South Bend, Indiana (in EDT):
Astronomical Twilight: 5:25 a.m.
Nautical Twilight: 6:02 a.m.
Civil Twilight: 6:37 a.m.
Sunrise: 7:06 a.m.
Moonset (fully eclipsed): 7:11 a.m.
Illustrations are excerpted from and enlarged at http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/OH/image1/LE2007Aug28-Fig3.GIF
courtesy of Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC.
Feb 20-21, 2008
(EST=Eastern Standard Time)
(Penumbral* Eclipse Begins: 19:36 EST)
Partial Eclipse Begins: 20:43 EST
Total Eclipse Begins: 22:01 EST
Total Eclipse Ends: 22:50
Partial Eclipse Ends: 00:08EST
(Penumbral Eclipse Ends: 01:15 EST)
*The penumbral eclipse portion is difficult to discern, as
the shadow is very subtle.
Illustrations are excerpted from and enlarged
courtesy of Fred
Try these moon-related activities at home or in
Lunar Eclipse activity differentiates
between the fainter outer shadow (penumbra) and the darker inner shadow
(umbra). The human eye can usually only discern the darker
||Make and share a plateful of tasty reminders of the changing
lunar shape with Oreo Moon Phases.
||Make a Satellite
Tracking Bowl to predict satellite passes the night of
||Create models of the Lunar
Surface using clay.
||Make a Moon Finder
to track the moon for any date or time, given any phase.
Moon, then discover at Bad
Moons Rising why hidden nuggets within Clement Hurd's
illustrations make it such a great book.