Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Total Lunar Eclipse February 20/21, 2008

Depending on where you live, there will be a total lunar eclipse on
February 20 with full visibility in Central America, South America and most of North America, except for only a partial eclipse visible in the western third of the USA and Canada.

This corresponds to February 21 and full visibility in Europe, parts of Africa, with partial visibility in Africa and Central Asia.

No part of the eclipse can be seen in the Far East.

Here is a lunar eclipse graphic (not of this eclipse) linked from RTL's, where the weather report tells us that it is strongly overcast now and into the night so that it is doubtful that the eclipse will be visible here at our location.

Mid-eclipse is 10:26 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time), February 20, 2008
which corresponds to 3:26 a.m. GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), February 21, 2008.

For our location in Germany, this means 4:26 a.m. Given the weather and the hour, we are likely to miss seeing this particular lunar eclipse.

See the NASA website for details of the eclipse and for more eclipse information.

Update: 1 Eclipse Video and 1 Video about Eclipses

Eclipse Videos (hat tip to Mahalo):

YouTube - February 20/21, 2008 Lunar Eclipse (like a performance)

LiveVideo (AP) - Explanation of a Lunar Eclipse (very good)

Archaeology Travel Photos at Flickr : Over 700 Group Members and More Than 8000 Photographs : Stonehenge as an Example

The Archaeology Travel Photos group that we started at Flickr some years ago has taken on a life of its own.

As of today the group counts 710 members and 8052 photographs, many of them quite spectacular.

Archaeology Travel Photos at Flickr is intended for:

"Travel photos of objects of interest to archaeology: especially megalithic sites, megaliths, dolmens, cairns, prehistoric rock art, cave paintings, aerial photos of archaeological sites."

Below is one of our own photos at Flickr, a photograph of Stonehenge which we have combined with an illustrated plan of the location of the stones (the image is smaller here than in the original which makes the text hard to read - click the image to see the image in original size).

This photograph shows Stonehenge from the Northeast, looking Southwest. We call this the most informative photograph of Stonehenge on the Internet because it actually shows you WHAT you are looking at in terms of all the sarsens and trilithons which are found at this ancient astronomical megalithic site. You are looking at Stonhenge here from the Heel Stone and from the position of the Sun at the Summer Solstice (i.e. with the Sun at your back) looking toward the Stonehenge circle of megaliths, i.e. as if you were looking at Stonehenge from the bottom of the Stonehenge plan toward the top. In other words, in the photo you are facing the open end of the horseshoe of trilithons and view that side of Stonehenge which still has the most intact stones (the black-colored markings). The middle light markings show stones that have fallen but are still located at the site. Very light markings show stones that are missing (or allegedly missing). When you now see other Stonehenge photographs, ask yourself what they represent.

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