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12/17/2021 2:20:00 PM
Viewed Lunar Eclipse

Dear Editor;
My hair is grey. I've got wrinkles. My skin is sagging. And arthritis "inhabits" my back and knees.
But as I looked up at the sky at 3:00 the morning of November 19, I felt infinitesimally young.
I was going to view a very special lunar eclipse, the longest (just over 6 hours) partial lunar eclipse in 580* years. It goes by the name of Beaver or Frosty.
The night was cold and the stars brilliant. I had to search for the moon as only a tiny part of it - its lower left side - was still "exposed." To me the rest looked to be light brown in color.
In case you missed it, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has published a chart listing Lunar Eclipses 2021-2030. In 2022, both lunar eclipses (May 16 and November 8) will be "total."
And even better news for anyone wanting to watch is that no special equipment is necessary, unlike for solar eclipses.
*According to one source: not since 1440, around the time Johannes Gutenberg invented his printing press, and won't be beaten until the far-off future of 2669.
Eileen Z. Fitzsimons
Dodgeville






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