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Total Lunar Eclipse ....August 28, 2007.

August 28th 2007 - a night not to miss.

We are lucky enough to be able to see this total lunar eclipse from start to completion.
The Moon's trajectory takes it deep into the southern umbral shadow, resulting in a total eclipse that lasts 90 minutes

Since different parts of the Moon will probe radically different portions of Earth's umbral shadow, a large variation in shadow brightness can be expected. As a consequence of this geometry, the southern half of the totally eclipsed Moon will appear considerably brighter than the northern half.

Moonrise is at 5:25pm. The partial phase begins at 6:51pm and ends at 10:24pm. The total phase begins at 7:52pm and ends at 9:23pm.
(All times just mentioned are AEST)

A timetable for the major phases of the eclipse is listed below.
Penumbral Eclipse Begins: 07:53:39 UT
Partial Eclipse Begins: 08:51:16 UT
Total Eclipse Begins: 09:52:22 UT
Eclipse: 10:37:22 UT
Total Eclipse Ends: 11:22:24 UT
Partial Eclipse Ends: 12:23:30 UT
Penumbral Eclipse Ends: 13:21:01 UT

Australian Eastern Standard Time is Universal Time + 10 hours.
The penumbral phase of the eclipse begins at about 07:54 UT, but most observers will not be able to visually detect the shadow until about 08:30 UT.

Get the NASA information page.
Visit Mr. Eclipse - Fred Espenak's - website.
All phases of the eclipse are also visible from islands of the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand and eastern Australia.
Various stages of the eclipse are in progress at moonrise for eastern Asia.
No eclipse is visible from Europe, Africa and western Asia.

Once again we will be on the oval behind the Toowoomba Education Centre
in Baker St, near the University of Southern Queensland.
The night will start just after dark and go until late.
The telescopes will be on the far side of the oval, away from any lights, so please be considerate and don't shine your car lights or torches in that direction.

Bring your binoculars, a chair, some warm clothes and hot drinks, a friend and maybe your camera.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of this event no alternate night can be offered if bad weather interrupts the view of the moon.

If you miss this, you will have to wait until December 2010 for the next visible total lunar eclipse.

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