On August 28th the Moon crosses into the Earth’s shadow and will undergo its second total eclipse in 2007. This event can be seen to varying degrees by much of North America. It begins at 5:52 am ET and lasts for about 90 minutes. Whether you get a chance to see all or parts of the eclipse — talking about the event can still be fun for our kids.
Some children are fascinated by the moon, the sun, and the stars. Not all kids are old enough to understand that a lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth casts a shadow (Umbra) by getting between the sun and the moon. But no matter the child’s age, you can still share the event with them by checking out the sky together, sharing some great books about the moon or cutting moon shapes out of colored paper. See more moon ideas from the past in — Make it a Moon Week.
For details on viewing this Total Lunar Eclipse, visit Space.com. The next total lunar eclipse is scheduled for February 20-21, 2008.
Read The Moon Seems to Change by Dr. Franklyn M. Branley Illustrated by Barbara & Ed Emberley