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Lunar Eclipse Tonight

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The Americas and part of Europe will be treated to a total eclipse of the Moon on Thursday night – the first one visible here in three years. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s shadow falls on the Moon, turning it a deep red colour. Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are completely safe to watch with the naked eye; and it looks even better with a pair of binoculars or small telescope. The eclipse begins at 0203 GMT Friday (10:03pm EDT Thursday), and reaches the maximum at 0340 GMT (11:40pm EDT). The eclipse will be best viewed from the Eastern Coast of the United States.

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May 15, 2003, 9:45am


Eclipse Coverage

To celebrate this total lunar eclipse, we'll be maintaining links to all the astrocameras broadcasting live coverage of the event (and maybe even take a few of our own assuming the weather's nice here in Vancouver). If you're going to be running a camera, please let me know and we'll add you to the list.

If you want to watch it live, here's a list of local times. I'll put up the list of cameras about an hour before the event begins, so come back to the to see all the cameras.

PlaceEclipse BeginsTotal EclipseEclipse Ends
Pacific (PDT)19:0320:4022:18
Mountain (MDT)20:0321:4023:18
Central (CDT)21:0322:4000:18
Eastern (EDT)22:0323:4001:18

May 15, 2003, 9:12am


Paranal Observatory Tests New Adapative Optics

Image credit: ESO
A team of engineers from the European Southern Observatory recently tested out a new adaptive optics facility on the Very Large telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. This technology adapts images taken by the telescope to remove the distortion caused by the Earth’s atmosphere – as if they were seen from space. The next step will be to connect similar systems to all the Telescopes at the facility and then hook them up in a large array. This should allow the observatory to resolve objects 100 times fainter than today.

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May 15, 2003, 8:28am

Space Flight

Atlas V Launches Hellas-Sat

Image credit: ILS
An Atlas V rocket successfully launched the Hellas-Sat satellite on Wednesday morning. The rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 2210 GMT (6:10pm EST) and placed the satellite into a transfer orbit 31 minutes later. The launch was delayed once for 24 hours because of avionics problems, and then again because some boats strayed into the launch area. Hellas-Sat will provide voice, data, video and broadcast telecommunications for Greece and Cyprus.

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May 14, 2003, 8:02pm

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