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SueW · 04/03/2007 08:48

Did anyone else stay up and watch it last night?

DD & I 'camped out' on the spare room bed, watching it through the window as it changed from bright white to orange. I was quite happy for her to stay up as there's no guarantee when she'll see another - weather, timing, etc.

It was amazing.

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glitterfairy · 04/03/2007 08:49

It was amazing and we tried to take pictures with absoultely no luck. We ahd a great view through ds skylight and so looked on in the dark.

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Aloveheart · 04/03/2007 08:52

It just looked black here that went across the moon.

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glitterfairy · 04/03/2007 08:53

It was a lovely reddy orange colour shame you couldnt see that aloveheart.

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NappiesGalore · 04/03/2007 08:55

i saw it wasnt very red or owt...but was something to behold nonetheless. nearly froze my butt off in the garden tho - took ages!

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aDad · 04/03/2007 08:56

it looked amazing!! They dont normally look anywhere near as impressive

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glitterfairy · 04/03/2007 09:13

Does anyone know how often they happen?

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aDad · 04/03/2007 09:39

The last one was 2001 I think. Not sure about the next.

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WideWebWitch · 04/03/2007 09:42

I saw it, we rememberd to go outside at 11pm. I woke ds because he'd asked me to, and he said 'yeah right' in bored teenager fashion and went straight back to bed.

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fairyjay · 04/03/2007 10:02

We saw it as a dark shadow across the moon, and then a little later, it was a definite red tone. I was like one of the kids!

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DimpledThighs · 04/03/2007 10:02

think they are every six years

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ChippyMinton · 04/03/2007 10:05

DS1 woke up by chance just after midnight so i dragged him out to look at it. Don't think he was that impressed, because we'd missed the red bit.

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Browny · 04/03/2007 10:07

I didn't know about it until I saw someone post that it was happening "now", I went outside, saw a lovely orange moon and called my dh out... he came outside holding his coat and I thought, "ahh, he's worried about me being cold".... so such luck, he put it straight on!. We woke the girls up who sleep in the loft conversion and they got very excited... needless to say I fell asleep with dd2!

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nearlythree · 04/03/2007 10:07

It really was breathtaking. Just before totality there was a very bright arc of silver at one edge whilst the rest of it was red for a while - totally amazing. The only problem was we couldn't see it from the house so I didn't wake dd1 - she's only five and it was freezing. Are there any good pictures on the web that I can show her?

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aDad · 04/03/2007 10:16

They're not regular though are they - ie they're not a certain number of years apart every time. The next one visible in Europe is in Feb 2008 apparently.

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suedonim · 04/03/2007 13:37

We were at a party and everyone sat on the rooftop patio in balmy temps and watched the eclipse. The men seemed to think any perceived change in the moon merited yet another beer. The moon wasn't at all red here, but I think some of the men will have red rings round their eyes this morning!

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Eulalia · 04/03/2007 14:01

nearlythree - there are photos on the BBC news website.

Saw all of it, well OK went to bed about 12.30 when it was uncovering. Lovely view from here (don't have streetlights this side of the road). ds1 and dd saw it too and I managed a few photos, a bit blurry. It was perfectly clear, ideal weather.

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tortoiseSHELL · 04/03/2007 14:31

We watched it. I got ds1 out of bed to see it about 10, when it was about half covered, and he said 'Yes mum, the earth's shadow has covered the bottom half, can I go back to bed now please?'.

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ruty · 04/03/2007 14:58

it was amazing. could see it from our kitchen window. Didn't see it go red, i was so whacked by 11 and went to bed. Wish i'd stayed up a bit longer now.

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ruty · 04/03/2007 14:58

it was amazing. could see it from our kitchen window. Didn't see it go red, i was so whacked by 11 and went to bed. Wish i'd stayed up a bit longer now.

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SaintGeorge · 04/03/2007 17:00

The frequency of total lunar eclipses varies as they tend to arrive in clusters over 18-24 mths and then none for a couple of years.

The last total eclipse was in Oct 2004, the next is in Aug 2007. The next one visible from Europe will be in Feb 2008. Then there will be a gap before the total eclipse in Dec 2010.

There are varies types of partial eclipses in between.

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filthymindedvixen · 04/03/2007 17:07

we didn't see the red bit and thi morning ds was most upset because i didn't wake him (I did try, but it'd be easier to wake the dead than rouse a 9-year-old boy from deep slumber...)

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ForeverBlowingBubbles · 04/03/2007 17:56

I took a couple of photos from my kitchen window.
This one
was taken just after the shadow started moving away, and
this one
was taken about an hour and a half later when the shadow had almost disappeared.

Crap photos, sorry

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glitterfairy · 04/03/2007 18:10

Thanks for that I couldnt take a picture at all so well done.

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ForeverBlowingBubbles · 04/03/2007 19:03

No probs glitterfairy, just a shame they aren't really very good (useless camera). Just had a look at the photos on the BBC site that people have sent in - bloody amazing! Wish I had a camera that could do that

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lou33 · 04/03/2007 19:04

i saw it as i was at a birthday party for my nephew, so most people trundled outside to watch it

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