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Old February 20th, 2008, 08:30 AM
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Look up at the sky tonight from 10:00pm eastern time for a total Eclipse of the moon... not the sun.
It will be safe to watch if the weather is right in your area.

The last total lunar eclipse until 2010 occurs Wednesday night, with cameo appearances by Saturn and the bright star Regulus on either side of the veiled full moon.

Skywatchers viewing through a telescope will have the added treat of seeing Saturn's handsome rings.

Weather permitting, the total eclipse can be seen from North and South America. People in Europe and Africa will be able to see it high in the sky before dawn on Thursday.

As the moonlight dims it won't go totally dark Saturn and Regulus will pop out and sandwich the moon. Regulus is the brightest star in the constellation Leo.

Jack Horkheimer, host of the PBS show "Star Gazer," called the event "the moon, the lord of the rings and heart of the lion eclipse."

Wednesday's event will be the last total lunar eclipse until Dec. 20, 2010. Last year there were two.

The weather could be a spoiler for many in the United States. Cloudy skies are expected for most of the Western states with a chance of snow from the heartland to the East Coast, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service.

"It looks like it's going to be a hard one to spot," Seto said.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the full moon passes into Earth's shadow and is blocked from the sun's rays that normally illuminate it. During an eclipse, the sun, Earth and moon line up, leaving a darkened moon visible to observers on the night side of the planet.
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6pm - 9pm Pacific time, the weatherman just said on KTLA Ch5
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We're too cloudy . I'll have to see it on the news tomorrow.
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I went outside to see it and was greeted by.. clouds and rain.
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We are able to see it. Seems smaller this time.
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It's pretty cloudy here but we can see it here and there....
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Good photos Luanne, all of mine came out crappy
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Too darn cold to go out and look at the moon!
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The four of us bundled up and watched. It was really cool. I am glad I saw it to be sure. Always liked that sort of thing.
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I had the chance to see most of it, and it was great! It was cool seeing the Earth's shadow creep across the moon. At one point, during totality, there was a slight red glow to the top of the moon. And then the Earth's shadow began to slide away.

Pretty spectacular stuff! The best entertainment is always free.

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I had the chance to see most of it, and it was great! It was cool seeing the Earth's shadow creep across the moon. At one point, during totality, there was a slight red glow to the top of the moon. And then the Earth's shadow began to slide away.

Pretty spectacular stuff! The best entertainment is always free.

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We had a great view of it here in the UP - I think the bright spot to the left and below the moon was the planet Venus, does anyone know for sure?

Rollerdonna - too cold?? That's what a jacket is for! (it's -11 F. here right now, but warmer weather is on the way!)
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We had an awesome view of it here in northern Vermont. To be sure the air was crisp and cool, but the skies were very clear. I walked the dog during the peak of the eclipse - the red glow was interesting. The stars were brillant last night as well. I didn't linger too long as all I had on were my winter boots and short nightgown and my long cashmere winter robe (that dh bought me for Christmas) that as light as it is - it is surprisingly warm.

My daughter said it was too cloudy where she was in Tenn to really see it.
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