2008 Total Lunar Eclipse
February 21, 2008, 7:30 am
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2007 Lunar Eclipse

I am going to begin my blog with news of a total lunar eclipse that happened tonight. 

According to NASA, it was visible throughout north and south America on the evening of February 20 and Europe and western Africa witnessed the eclipse on the morning of February 21. The moon entered the darkest part of Earth’s shadow at 8:43 p.m. EST with total eclipse lasting from 10:01 p.m. to 10:51 p.m. EST

Fast Facts:

  1. The moon became rust-colored – sometimes referred to as a “Blood Moon”
  2. The blood color is caused by residual light deflected towards the moon by our atmosphere
  3. A lunar eclipse happens when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are directly aligned, and the Earth’s shadow covers the Moon
  4. This eclipse is the only total eclipse of the Moon in 2008
  5. The next total lunar eclipse will occur in Dec 2010.

Yes. That’s right. We won’t have another total lunar eclipse for almost 4 years. As a Korean, I come from a culture that still follows the lunar calendar, so the moon is an important aspect of my life. I was very disappointed that it got so cloudy here in Austin that we couldn’t see the moon at all. I had even looked up tips on how to film the moon.

However, below is the link to a video showing the lunar eclipse from a different state that had better luck.

2008 Total Lunar Eclipse