Coming Up… June 15th Total Lunar Eclipse LIVE

by Tammy Plotner on June 12, 2011

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Total lunar eclipse captured January 20-21, 2000. (Courtesy of Mr. Eclipse/Fred Espenak)

Don’t say we didn’t warn you ahead of time! The upcoming total lunar eclipse will happen on June 15, 2011… and it’s a rare one. This time the Moon will pass directly through the center of the Earth’s shadow cone – an event that hasn’t happened in 11 years and won’t happen again until 2018. The eclipse visibility path will be over Africa, and Central Asia, visible rising over South America, western Africa, and Europe, and setting over eastern Asia. In western Asia, Australia and the Philippines – visible just before sunrise. But before you just read on to another article because you can’t see it from where you live, remember I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve…

Thanks to this fantastic magic we call the Internet, all you need to do is tune into our friends around the world! The first listing of our live eclipse broadcasters will be Astronomylive.com. Coordinating the eclipse project and different activities for this year is Mohan Sanjeevan, a science and science fiction writer from India. Since May 2011, Mohan volunteers as the Event & Broadcast Organizer of AstronomyLive covering his country. But Mohan is more than just a coordinater, he’s also involved in other venues like writing poetry – including science poems (freelance science writing for more than twenty years; writer of nano science and tech articles for Nano Digest, a monthly magazine from India), popularization of science and creating awareness on global warming, alternative sources of energy and making the planet a more livable place. Space and astronomy are his natural areas of interest. To top it off, Sanjeevan is also a researcher – full of implementable ideas for space and future technologies.

AstronomyLive is a center for LIVE astronomy and you can participate, too! Host your broadcasts of various types on this free service. Amateur astronomers, professional astronomers, observatories, astronomy associations and more are all very welcome. The current team consists of Sander Klieverik, Voskuh and Dennis from the Netherlands, LesD from the United States, Mohan Sanjeevan, Aakanksha, Prof. M. Jothi Rajan, Jhon Kennedy, Bhaskar, Abhilasha and Sanyam Kumar Shrivastava from India. All of these great people came together to share the view with you!

And there’s more…

A free, live webcast from Bareket Observatory in Israel will also feature the total lunar eclipse on June 15, 2011. How do you get there? Simply click on this link for the Bareket Observatory Live Eclipse Broadcast! The hardworking group in Israel invite you to discover the Moon during the eclipse using hands-on eclipse activities. Conduct your own science projects using the live lunar eclipse feed! What a great opportunity for your students, family and friends!

The great folks at Bareket Observatory have expanded tremendously over the years and now they’re pleased to announce the launch of the Astro-Edu Network, a free state-of-the-art astronomy education database for teachers, students and the general public. Among the goals of AStro-Edu is increased communication and understanding within the population of the Middle East using astronomy as the catalyst. Astro-Edu net can be translated to more than 60 different languages using the integrated translation module (move your cursor over the flag in the upper left to translate the materials).

Lunar Eclipse Timing Chart

So don’t sit out the total lunar eclipse on June 15, 2011 – 17.00 – 23.00 UTC (GMT). Be sure to enjoy the event with our friends around the world!

About 

Tammy is a professional astronomy author, President Emeritus of Warren Rupp Observatory and retired Astronomical League Executive Secretary. She’s received a vast number of astronomy achievement and observing awards, including the Great Lakes Astronomy Achievement Award, RG Wright Service Award and the first woman astronomer to achieve Comet Hunter's Gold Status.

IVAN3MAN_AT_LARGE June 12, 2011 at 11:38 PM

Yo Tammy, in the last paragraph, you wrote “July” instead of June.

Tammy Plotner June 13, 2011 at 12:14 AM

good thing that wasn’t the check for my house payment! ;)

HeadAroundU June 13, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Hey, mammy Tammy, just don’t stop using the word ‘believe’ completely, please. :D

Tammy Plotner June 13, 2011 at 6:37 PM

whew… because i believe i wrote june on the check.

and i love the einstein quote! how true…

IVAN3MAN_AT_LARGE June 13, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Yeah, and if I was given €10 for every time that I had heard that out-of-context misquoting of Einstein whenever I entered into a debate with creationists, I would not need to work as a truck driver! That quote should be taken into consideration with his broader and clearly non-Jewish/Christian concept of ‘god’ (and I choose to not capitalize that noun, thank-you-very-much!).

Furthermore, here’s that quote in its full context:

[E]ven though the realms of religion and science in themselves are clearly marked off from each other, nevertheless there exist between the two strong reciprocal relationships and dependencies. Though religion may be that which determines the goal, it has, nevertheless, learned from science, in the broadest sense, what means will contribute to the attainment of the goals it has set up. But science can only be created by those who are thoroughly imbued with the aspiration toward truth and understanding. This source of feeling, however, springs from the sphere of religion. To this there also belongs the faith in the possibility that the regulations valid for the world of existence are rational, that is, comprehensible to reason.

I cannot conceive of a genuine scientist without that profound faith. The situation may be expressed by an image: science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

Though I have asserted above that in truth a legitimate conflict between religion and science cannot exist, I must nevertheless qualify this assertion once again on an essential point, with reference to the actual content of historical religions. This qualification has to do with the concept of God.

During the youthful period of mankind’s spiritual evolution human fantasy created gods in man’s own image, who, by the operations of their will were supposed to determine, or at any rate to influence, the phenomenal world. Man sought to alter the disposition of these gods in his own favor by means of magic and prayer. The idea of God in the religions taught at present is a sublimation of that old concept of the gods. Its anthropomorphic character is shown, for instance, by the fact that men appeal to the Divine Being in prayers and plead for the fulfillment of their wishes.

Source: Einstein: Science and Religion.

IVAN3MAN_AT_LARGE June 13, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Yeah, and if I was given €10 for every time that I had heard that out-of-context misquoting of Einstein whenever I entered into a debate with creationists, I would not need to work as a truck driver! That quote should be taken into consideration with his broader and clearly non-Jewish/Christian concept of ‘god’ (and I choose to not capitalize that noun, thank-you-very-much!).

Furthermore, here’s that quote in its full context:

[E]ven though the realms of religion and science in themselves are clearly marked off from each other, nevertheless there exist between the two strong reciprocal relationships and dependencies. Though religion may be that which determines the goal, it has, nevertheless, learned from science, in the broadest sense, what means will contribute to the attainment of the goals it has set up. But science can only be created by those who are thoroughly imbued with the aspiration toward truth and understanding. This source of feeling, however, springs from the sphere of religion. To this there also belongs the faith in the possibility that the regulations valid for the world of existence are rational, that is, comprehensible to reason.

I cannot conceive of a genuine scientist without that profound faith. The situation may be expressed by an image: science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

Though I have asserted above that in truth a legitimate conflict between religion and science cannot exist, I must nevertheless qualify this assertion once again on an essential point, with reference to the actual content of historical religions. This qualification has to do with the concept of God.

During the youthful period of mankind’s spiritual evolution human fantasy created gods in man’s own image, who, by the operations of their will were supposed to determine, or at any rate to influence, the phenomenal world. Man sought to alter the disposition of these gods in his own favor by means of magic and prayer. The idea of God in the religions taught at present is a sublimation of that old concept of the gods. Its anthropomorphic character is shown, for instance, by the fact that men appeal to the Divine Being in prayers and plead for the fulfillment of their wishes.

Source: Einstein: Science and Religion.

Michelle Bryan June 13, 2011 at 6:53 AM

i live in Australia. will it be seen on the 15th june morning or the 16th june morning here, i am a little confused as we see it just before sunrise

Tammy Plotner June 14, 2011 at 1:54 PM

on the morning of the 16th, sweetie. about 1.5 hours before sunrise. For the eastern states, start observing from around 4:30am local time when the partial phase is beginning. observers in western australia will get to see the whole event, while the eastern states will miss the last partial stages of the eclipse because the moon will be setting just after totality ends.

Anonymous June 13, 2011 at 9:26 PM

It will be 2213 in Germany. It will be still bright outside, but this should be visible…. as long as the weather cooperates!

Anonymous June 15, 2011 at 8:11 PM

What I feared seems to happen. Clouds over Western Germany… at least in the direction where the moon should be…. argh….

Ross Henry June 14, 2011 at 5:07 AM

I’ll be watching via Universe Today as the Moon turns red, lit by Gaia’s 360 degree sunset light.

Dicky Dyson June 14, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Slooh.com and Google are streaming live images from three locations: South Africa, Dubai, Cyprus. Guess they’re hedging their bets!

They have a special page here: http://eclipse.slooh.com

DD

Kim Oliver Seaman June 14, 2011 at 5:37 PM

I cannot wait to share this event with my 7 year old and my other Children

Lewis McCrary June 14, 2011 at 5:58 PM

We need to send a camera to the Moon for the sole purpose of seeing a Terra(?) eclipse (or would it still be a solar eclipse?). I’d love to see what that view looks like. :)

Jon Hanford June 14, 2011 at 9:15 PM

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) will be making its first observations during a total lunar eclipse: http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-06-lro-extreme-close-up-eclipse.html

The Diviner Lunar Radiometer instrument will be looking to see how fast the lunar surface cools during the eclipse. LROs other instruments will be turned off to conserve power during the event.

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Muhammad Wasif Baharudin June 15, 2011 at 12:07 PM

SO GOOD

Tatum ScreamsPain June 15, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Omg omg omg!!! What time, what time!!!!! I need EST!!!!!

Kabilan Gnanakumar June 15, 2011 at 7:02 PM

wat will happen wen we see the lunar eclipse in naked eye?

Anonymous June 15, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Nothing, apart from a beautiful picture in your head. There’s nothing dangerous looking at a lunar eclipse (unlike a solar eclipse!!).

Trevor Wood June 15, 2011 at 7:30 PM

There’s a problem with the link to astronomy live – I’m getting Forbidden

You don’t have permission to access /live-broadcasts on this server.

Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

Tammy Plotner June 15, 2011 at 7:54 PM

it be happenin’ right now… bareket still has open lines!

silver ninja June 15, 2011 at 9:08 PM

No United states :(

Anonymous June 14, 2011 at 12:07 AM

Einstein was a genuinely insightful man.

Clearly, this quote is being oversimplified by removing it from the context of his arguments.

He was talking about interrelationships of thought. Einstein recognizes that a scientist must have a passion for reason, a faith in our ability to observe, experiment and to learn about the world. A trust in our ability to utilize this knowledge in service to our needs and wishes.

In essence, these man-like gods created by past societies were a projection of our need to influence the world. We have always wanted to alter reality in our favor. This human desire is universal – from the Hebrew tribesman facing destruction at the Red Sea, to the 21st century neurologist seeking preventive treatments for dementia.

Einstein was right. Science does have a reciprocal relationship with religion. Hopefully, as we close the chapter (more like extended anthology) on human religions – for a brighter future – my greatest hope is that we can lend an impartial eye to it’s judgement.

HeadAroundU June 14, 2011 at 7:31 AM

I read the context and there is nothing wrong with it. It’s fully functional on its own, it’s a full circle statement and you can use in whatever context.

If you believed in yourself, you wouldn’t have been a truck driver or spellchecker.

IVAN3MAN_AT_LARGE June 14, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Firstly, I can see that Uncle_Fred (above) has clearly understood the essence of what Albert Einstein had meant by that quote when it is seen in its full context. You, however, appear to be in denial and you see what you want to see.

Secondly, it is an unfortunate fact of life that we all have to pay our bills, one way or another, whether we like it or not; however, I choose to work as a bloody truck driver — because it beats the bloody hell out of mundane office work!

Tammy Plotner June 14, 2011 at 2:10 PM

a truck driver? AWESOME! you restore my faith that one doesn’t need to be dressed in a three-piece suit and a lab coat to be science minded… or well read. while i have every respect for titles behind names, i am also a huge fan of those who didn’t need “higher” education to have insightful intellect and quick wit.. to whom degrees mean the temperature outside and not papers on a wall. it’s the capacity to be able to learn that sets us apart!

HeadAroundU June 15, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Again, nothing wrong with the last paragraph. Even if organized religions go away, it will still remain in a head or it will be used under a new name for estimation or whatever.. In our lives for sure and there’s no need to polarize people on this planet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epistemology#Belief

Anonymous June 14, 2011 at 5:47 PM

I second that!

IVAN3MAN_AT_LARGE June 15, 2011 at 12:26 AM

Thanks, Tammy! I’m of the opinion that it is far better to have never been to a university but learned a lot, than to have been to a university but learned nothing.

William Sparrow June 15, 2011 at 12:27 AM

As do I! Sounds like Head has an inferiority complex….

HeadAroundU June 15, 2011 at 2:56 PM

It’s so ironic that he restored your faith. He won’t sleep tonight. :DDD

Yeah, I think it’s very important to educate yourself, with or without higher education. Broad horizons are important too besides specific higher education.

William Sparrow June 15, 2011 at 12:30 AM

As do I! this should have to you DrFlimmer, but is just as appropriate as a reply to Tammy. Some just need to get over themselves and read what commentors like IVAN offer. I often learn from his posts.

IVAN3MAN_AT_LARGE June 15, 2011 at 12:47 AM

Thanks, DrFlimmer!

IVAN3MAN_AT_LARGE June 15, 2011 at 2:34 AM

Thanks, William! I always endeavour to be informative.

HeadAroundU June 15, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Well, I’m not the one who is trying to ban the word belief, which many use without being extremely religious.

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