16.06.2011 14.Siwan, 5771
Ira Machefsky, the 'Starman of Mitzpe Ramon,' says volcanic ash, Israel's geographic location make this lunar eclipse extra exciting.
A rare total lunar eclipse will occur Wednesday night in Israel's skies from a little after 8:00 p.m. local time until 2:00 a.m. early Thursday morning. Not only is this lunar blackout going to be one of the longest possible, but the astronomy blogger, Ira Machefsky, also known as the 'Starman of Mitzpe Ramon' told the Jerusalem Postadditional surprises may be in store.
This particular lunar eclipse was already set to be prime viewing for Israeli astronomy fanatics. Machefsky, who has 40 years of astronomy experience, said that the length of time the moon will be in the earth's umbral (or total) shadow is going to be exceedingly long, clocking in at 100 minutes….