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Monday’s, i.e., August 7, 2017, Partial Lunar Eclipse Will NOT Be Visible From New Hampshire — Or Anywhere In The USA.

by Anura Guruge


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From ‘Time and Date’ at:www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/. Click to ENLARGE. Note it is NOT visible from anywhere in the USA — let alone New Hampshire.


The amount of the Moon that will be in SHADOW as it passes through shadow cast by Earth. Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_2017_lunar_eclipse


Do NOT confuse this August 7 – 8, 2017 partial Lunar eclipse with the BIG ONE — the August 21, 2017, Total Solar Eclipse. That is a totally different kettle of fish. Yes, that will be visible in New Hampshire. More on that once we get past this one since there will be lots of confusion.


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by Anura Guruge

So Did YOU See The February 10, 2017, Lunar Eclipse Over New Hampshire?

by Anura Guruge


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IF you did consider yourself lucky. Good for YOU.

It was cloudy ‘up here’ JUST as I had predicted yesterday. The clouds started to roll in just around 5:30pm, minutes ahead of when the eclipse was going to start.

By 7:30pm, close to THE PEAK, it was very cloudy. I took the above two pictures with my trusty Nikon P900 just to prove that I looked. With the clouds that was the best that I could get (and see).

This is what I can get with the Nikon P900 when it is clear (February 4, 2017).


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by Anura Guruge

Lunar Eclipse Over New Hampshire: Friday, February 10, 2017 — Clouds Might Have Last Word.

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Click to ENLARGE and read. See copyright notices embedded in the image. From http://www.dogonews.com.

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It was always going to be a PARTIAL Lunar eclipse.

The problem, for us, in New Hampshire is likely to be clouds. At best it will be partly cloudy — as you can see from my top diagram.

But, go outside and take a look. It will be cold.


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No Clouds Over New Hampshire For Sunday, September 27, 2015, Supermoon Eclipse.

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For a welcome change the weather will cooperate
for Sunday, September 27, 2015
Supermoon Eclipse over New Hampshire.

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It is a Supermoon eclipse in that the Moon happens to be at its closest to Earth.

You can have Supermoons without there been an eclipse and eclipses without it being a Supermoon.

Supermoon eclipses are quite rare. The last was 33 years ago in 1982. The next is 18 years hence in 2033.

In addition to 1982, the other Supermoon eclipses since 1900 have been in 1910, 1928, 1946 & 1964.

Here is a GREAT NASA video about Supermoon eclipses that explain why they are rare (if you can’t visualize it yourself). Enjoy.

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Total Lunar Eclipse Over New Hampshire, September 27, 2015.

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As ever with any and all celestial events, I must, of course,
ADD “weather permitting” — especially in New Hampshire.

This, weather permitting, should be quite spectacular in that it is INDEED a TOTAL lunar eclipse.
So we will get to see the entire dramatic sequence
starting with the Earth’s shadow taking a BITE out of the Moon
all the way to the Moon being fully obscured …
to the Moon coming out of the shadow.

The only ‘sad’ thing is that it is going to be ‘late’ at night
— especially for kids.

Over New Hampshire the eclipse will start around 8:12 pm (Eastern).

But a total eclipse like this starts with the outer, dimmer shadow — the so called penumbra.
See diagram below.
The penumbra isn’t dark enough to take a bite.
All you will see is a shadow, that being what it is,
moving across the Moon’s surface.

The main shadow, the umbra, will touch the Moon at 9:07pm.
That is when the fun begins.
There will be a good sized bite by 9:25pm.
Half the Moon will be ‘eaten’ by 9:41pm.

Definitely worth keeping the kids up till at least 9:30.

The moon will be totally ‘eaten’ by 10:15
BUT maximum ‘shadow’ (darkness) will not occur till 10:47pm.

Then you get the whole sequence in reverse
with a half ‘eaten’ moon at 11:54pm.

It will be all done and dusted at 1:22 am.

OK?

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NASA details for the September 28, 2015 total lunar eclipse. This is the URL: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/


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A question that is bound to come up is “why don’t we have a total eclipse every month — at full moon?”

Makes sense. At full-moon, each month, we have the Sun —> Earth —> Moon alignment necessary for a lunar eclipse. BUT, we don’t get eclipses every month. At most, counting both lunar and solar eclipses, and partial eclipses as well as total, the maximum number we can have in a year is 7.

Why is that?

It all has to do with orbital inclinations. The orbit of the Earth around the Sun and that of the Moon around the Earth are not level — nor in a straight line. Both orbits are TILTED, i.e., inclined from ‘level’. So the bodies need to line up.

Get that. All to do with the 3 bodies rarely lining up.

We won’t have a total lunar eclipse in 2016. But in March 2016 we will have a TOTAL Solar eclipse!

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