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Partial Lunar Eclipse

A partial lunar eclipse will take place on August 16, 2008, the second of two lunar eclipses in 2008. Most of Eastern Europe and Africa, and a large portion of Western and Central Asia and India, will see the entire eclipse. South America, Eastern Asia and Australia will observe part of the event.

The partial eclipse is the second of the two lunar eclipses in 2008, with the first being a total eclipse on February 20, 2008. The next lunar eclipse will be a penumbral eclipse occurring on February 9, 2009, while the next total lunar eclipse will occur on December 21, 2010.

The partial eclipse will be completely visible from Africa and Europe. Parts of Australia will see it begin before sunrise, while parts of South America will see it end just after sunset.

The penumbral eclipse will begin at 18:23 UTC, with the partial eclipse beginning at 19:36. The time of greatest eclipse is 21:10. The partial eclipse will end at 22:44, and the penumbral eclipse will finally at 23:57.

The planet Neptune will be 2 days past opposition, visible in binoculars as an 8th magnitude “star” just two degrees west and slightly south of the moon.

Many cultures and religions today still observe the lunar cycle, the Chinese and Jews are just two examples. The cycle of the Moon is observed in Wicca, going back thousands of years to the old pagan religions where the cycle of the Moon was the primary means of keeping a calendar. Today, most Wiccans hold some form of festival associated with the lunar cycle. This could take place at the new moon, or any other phase of the Moon, but is usually observed at the full moon. These festivals are known as esbats. The make-up of esbats will vary from person to person, but for me, they are times to reflect on how much I have to be grateful for and renew my beliefs.

Today’s Horoscope:

The eclectic Aquarius Full Moon at 5:10 pm EDT is a Lunar Eclipse that fills us with wonder, highlighting the connection between personal and spiritual love. However, we must overcome the anger of a tough Mars-Pluto square through forgiveness and compassion and the eclipsed Moon’s conjunction with Chiron the Healer and Neptune the Dreamer is just what we need. Luckily, beautiful Venus trines joyful Jupiter, suggesting the day will be a memorable one.

~It’s totally true! I woke up this morning feeling it. Good Luck to all!

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August 16, 2008 - Posted by | Be | , , , , , ,

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