Did anyone get out and watch the lunar eclipse last night?? If you didn't, then you missed a great show. As the moon rose over Wisconsin it was extremely large and brillantly orange as it entered the earth's Penumbra (a weaker shadow that surrounds the Umbra, the darker shadow that actually makes the moon disappear). Soon after 9pm (wisconsin time) the earth's main shadow (Umbra) started to swallow the moon. It took almost an hour for the moon to be completely consumed, which was alright with me as I was still working and couldn't watch continuously. Around 10:05 I watched as the last little sliver of moon slowly slipped into the Totality of the eclipse. What an awesome sight!!! All that was left was a very dim, redish-orange disk that was easily missed if you didn't know where to look. Unfortunately, soon after Totality started, the clouds rolled in and I had to end my observation session:( :( So I didn't get a chance to watch the moon reappear. Luckily, if you missed it last night, or were under cloud cover, North America will have another chance to see a Lunar Eclipse on Nov. 9th.
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5/16/03 at 5:07am