Astronomers gear for lunar eclipse

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A full lunar eclipse was due to be visible over all of southern and central Norway Wednesday night, provided the clouds stay away and it stops raining. State meteorologists said prospects were good, despite the torrential rains of recent days.

Astronomer Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard told news bureau NTB that the lunar eclipse will start at 8:22pm and become a total eclipse from 9:11pm. The moon was expected to start re-emerging from the earth’s shadow just after 11pm.

It was just a few weeks ago that Norwegians could enjoy an eclipse of the midnight sun in many places around the country. The looming lunar eclipse will only be seen in the southern and central parts of Norway, though, because the moon isn’t rising over northern Norway at this time of year.

Ødegaard said the lunar eclipse should be visible in Oslo at 10:31pm, at 10:24pm in Fredrikstad, Arendal and Kristiansand, and at 22.36pm in Hønefoss.

In Sandefjord, on the southwest coast, moon gazers should look up to the skies at 10:26pm and at 10:46pm in Lillehammer.

It will take a while longer for the eclipse to be seen farther west and north, with viewing best over Stavanger at 10:42pm and over Bergen at 10:59pm. Just after 11pm, moon gazers can see the eclipse, weather permitting, over Førde, Røros, Kristiansund, Trondheim and Namsos.

The eclipse can also be seen over Mo i Rana after midnight, at 12:27am, but not any farther north than that.

Views and News from Norway/Nina Berglund
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