OT: I am watching the dragon eat the moon

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9:51 CST

It is 6F and the air is crystal clear. No clouds. Not even contrails. I've seen many of these before [most impressively at 40,000 ft] but they still are neat. I set a clock from the time signal. Wow, they knew the time exactly. It is now turning red. Imagine how this must have impressed primative people who had no clue what was happening. Well, maybe we haven't changed that much.

Best wishes,,

-- Z1X4Y7 (Z1X4Y7@aol.com), January 20, 2000


Damn, in Southern California on the coast and the clouds moved in and I have one PISSED OFF 9 year old right now... is there any place on- line with video feed where he (and I) can watch it?


-- Carl (clilly@goentre.com), January 20, 2000.

Expected more. Human nature.

-- Ain't that Impressive (saw@thrice.com), January 20, 2000.

Beautiful eclipse in a very cold, clear sky here in central North Carolina. The old folklore called a red moon a "death moon" and sure enough my little muttbreed dog just killed a possum that was as big as he was.

Have a big pair of binoculars, but I only go out every now and then to look at it because it is cold.

-- Forrest Covington (theforrest@mindspring.com), January 20, 2000.

Totally clear. Beautiful moon, not really red. Funny though cause our power blew at about five to ten--it was back up within a couple of minutes, but, still... Yikes.

-- Mara (MaraWayne@aol.com), January 20, 2000.

As KOS would say "GAWD" ain't nobody got a camera, to get a "pix", as was so gracefully sent to me last time, when cloud cover kept me from viewing, what was it? Kindred folks, unite!

-- No Knowledge (just@knowledge.obsessed), January 20, 2000.

Yes, awesome. Standing outside, back against the car, looking up at an ancient design. Not one neighbor on the block has come out to look.

-- Normally (Oxsys@aol.com), January 20, 2000.

Here in VA I saw an appricott moon with a grey smudge over it. I went out at 11:03, was sched for 11:05, but I don't know if I missed anything significant.

-- Hokie (Hokie_@hotmail.com), January 20, 2000.

Z1X4Y7 you saw red? what shade? what part of what country do you live in?

-- Hokie (Hokie_@hotmail.com), January 20, 2000.


I can understand that one. Here it occurred at the right time. Our living room is a vaulted 1.5 stories. The whole thing has occurred through our transom windows. We are sitting in comfortable chairs [at 68 F], with a glass of wine, watching.

Best wishes,,,,

-- Z1X4y7 (Z1X4Y7@aol.com), January 20, 2000.

Lake effect snow in nothern IN. don't see nothin. DANG first it was Y2k, now this. DANG

-- Info junkie (Ilike@it.here), January 20, 2000.


Missouri. Should go to near zero tonight. Near the end of the dragon eating the moon, the leading edge was red. Then it became a dull red. Just like it has in the past. We are in a rural area with no light problems. We are also away from the great salt puddle. Your experience may differ depending on where you are.

Best wishes,,,,

-- Zix4Y7 (Z1X4Y7@aol.com), January 20, 2000.


-- Folks Sharing (for@youtoo.com), January 20, 2000.

An Apricot moon with a grey smudge over it in Albuquerque Too. By-the-way did you know albuquerque means apricot in Spanish??? it's 9:40 here (mountain).

-- ALURKER (nobody@nowhere.com), January 20, 2000.

This is really cool. It's about zero degrees, we have very clear skies tonight here in the Chicago suburbs. The moon is a dark rusty orange/red. Sometimes you could see the color pulsate, which reminded me of flames flickering. The intensity of the color varied. I thought it was more beautiful seen by the naked eye than through the telescope.

Hot Apple Cider hit the spot.

My son was outrageously excited to put his new telescope to use and will remember this night for a long time.

I am glad to see that others here were able to see this too! The television news said that weather in the rest of the country was lousy & we were one of the only areas able to appreciate the view tonight.

-- Deborah (infowars@yahoo.com), January 20, 2000.

Here in No.Houston area, it is coolish (45-50F-ish)......moon is pale orange and darkening at this point (22:40 Thursday night)......took some digital pix, but not impressed. Binos worked great tho'.

-- Birdlady (Birdlady@nest.home), January 20, 2000.


I grow aps here in Missouri. Mine are always black. Every year they freeze :o).

Best wishes,,,


-- Z1X4Y7 (Z1X4Y7@aol.com), January 20, 2000.

Forrest, possum is playing possum!

-- W (me@home.now), January 20, 2000.

Z1X4Y7, We are not known for our fruit either -- mostly because very often we have wonderful weather in January -- then about the time the blossems arrive so does the February freeze.

The reason for the name Albuquerque -- it was named after a rich Duke in Spain -- in hopes that he would help sponser the new village just established so far from Santa Fe. We are sometimes called "The Duke City"

-- ALURKER (nobody@nowhere.com), January 20, 2000.


Thanks for starting this thread and sharing your view of the red eclipse. Thanks also to the other folks for their impressions. It is so cloudy here, the moon cannot be seen at all. The same thing happened a few months ago when the moon was at its closest point to Earth in...how many years? Someone started a thread about it then, too. I remember Gray Bear describing the huge moon so vividly it was almost as though I could see it. I was hoping someone would do the same tonight...and here you are! Thanks again.

-- (RUOK@yesiam.com), January 20, 2000.

I looked up in the sky and thought Mars was getting a bit too close tonight...

-- dinosaur (dinosaur@williams-net.com), January 20, 2000.

Eclipsed moon shines on the Net

MSNBC Live Video

-- watching (plum@apricot.peach), January 21, 2000.

At 11:05 CST it looks like a big peach, right down to the red blush. The Bright band is spreading from the lower right-hand edge, and it is lovely. We've made several trips outdoors in -15 degree weather to keep it under observation. We are so fortunate: We even got to watch Hale-Bopp a couple of years ago. I love the sky. Most of my best photos are of the sky and its moods. Just a beautiful thing to see.

-- Liz (lizpavek@hotmail.com), January 21, 2000.

Been watching since about 8:15 at 10 minute intervals. She sure were a purdy thang. Sort of a smokey wine filter over a fat bulgy cold hard siver moon. looked like one of them puff balls we get growin on our oak trees.

Right now she's a part eaten oreo center pierced on a big ole pine.

-- marsh (armstrng@sisqtel.net), January 21, 2000.

Really beautiful. Definately red. Had a pretty soft glow for about 25 minutes. Unfortunately, had to crane my neck indoors to see it. It's 2 degrees in Twin Cities right now, and who know's what with wind chill!

-- Gia (laureltree7@hotmail.com), January 21, 2000.

Crystal clear view at -15 Celsius, at totality Luna glowed an like an amber orb. Never seen the moon with so much 3d depth to it ....so round...

-- Will (righthere@home.now), January 21, 2000.

I'm w/ Liz on the peach colour. In Toronto last night it was *very* cold and absolutely clear. Normally: no one else in our neighbourhood was checking out the moon either (shades of y2k...).

Do lunar eclipses produce big earthquakes, or do only solar ones do that?

-- silver ion (ag3@interlog.com), January 21, 2000.

NorCal. Rural mountains, no lights, no clouds. Spent 3 continuous hours watching the event. Long enough to practice a bit of practical astronomy - working up our 3D place in the galaxy. Where the Moon was to Earth's equator, the tilt of the Earth, the planetary elliptic, Earth's orbit, and the like. Not too often does the situation arise where it is easy to see the sky in other than 2 dimentions. 3 good meteors.

-- Mitchell Barnes (spanda@inreach.com), January 21, 2000.

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