Total Lunar Eclipse tonight.

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For anyone who might be interested, here is the excerpt from Astronomynow.com:

This eclipse has a long total phase (100 minutes) with the last one to exceed this duration in June 2000. Unfortunately this one is not very favourable for us in the UK as the Moon is painfully low in the south-eastern sky. The further south and east you are in England then the more favourable the observing circumstances are.

Wherever you live in the UK then the start of totality is not visible and it’s only from the extreme south-eastern parts of England where the Moon rises mere minutes ahead of the time of greatest eclipse at 9.13pm (BST). From the majority of England and Wales the second half of totality will be visible, provided observers have or can get access to a completely unobstructed south-eastern horizon. For Londoners, the moon rises fully in eclipse at 9.13pm and by the end of totality at 10.03pm it has only heaved itself almost five degrees above the horizon. On the south coast of England, those in Southampton have almost identical circumstances but further west in Plymouth the Moon doesn’t rise until 9.24pm and by the end of totality the moon is less than four degrees up. Heading into the Midlands, observers in Birmingham see the Moon rise at 9.26pm and has barely reached three degrees altitude at the end of totality. In Manchester the Moon rises at 9.33pm and will be just over two degrees above the local horizon. Further north in England and Northern Ireland the vast majority of totality will be over before the Moon rises, whilst those in northern Scotland will miss totality entirely.
We don't get a good view of the horizon here, due to trees/hillsides being in the way, but some of you with a good vantage point might be lucky.
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I think the problem for tonight will be the cloud cover TC as this afternoon the clouds have comover here and it is spitting with rain:mad:
 

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Any astrological event always guarantees thick cloud. :D

And that's what I've got here at the moment and the same forecast for the rest of the evening. :(
 

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Yes, it's just the same here. There is live internet coverage HERE - which has already begun, so all is not lost. :D
 

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I remember that one in 2000, I was parked up in a layby at the Hangar Lane gyratory system in Middlesex when it occurred. As I recall it was about 11am and it all went dark.

I'm sortta SE (London) and I can't see anything going on atm.

Weather here started off bright and sunny today, clouded over, now intermittent light drizzle and before darkness fell it was overcast.
 
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Any astrological event always guarantees thick cloud. :D

And that's what I've got here at the moment and the same forecast for the rest of the evening. :(
nivrip I really must pull you up on the use of the word "astrological" to discribe an Astronomical event,such as the moon passing into the shadow of the earth last night.
Your word is used for what is,basicly,bunkum.
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Never saw a thing here in South London,except for rain. But there again this is the U.K.
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nivrip I really must pull you up on the use of the word "astrological" to discribe an Astronomical event,such as the moon passing into the shadow of the earth last night.
Your word is used for what is,basicly,bunkum.
historian

Wow ! You're quite right, Historian. I usually pride myself on knowing the difference between astronomy (science) and astrology (garbage).

But, yes, I have made a grave error and should be thoroughly ashamed of myself. :blush:
 

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