Clouds obstruct view of lunar eclipse

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Clouds obstructed visibility of the lunar eclipse in the early hours of Thursday morning in most places.

21 February 2008

DE BILT – Clouds obstructed visibility of the lunar eclipse in the early hours of Thursday morning in most places.

"It is very misty. We can see the moon, but not clearly," said Pieter Dijksma of the public observatory in Burgum (Friesland) at 3.30am. No visitors turned up at the observatory. "It was just our usual group."

The two visitors to the Mercurius observatory in Dordrecht were not so lucky. A "thick covering of clouds" meant the moon could not be seen at all there. "We checked the cloud forecast and there won't be any clearing," sighed manager Frans van der Graaf at 3.45am.

Those with internet access were able to view the lunar eclipse abroad via webcam on website kennislink.nl.

Tens of thousands of people watched the eclipse online, says Arnold Tukkers of the Cosmos discovery centre in Lattrop (Overijssel).

The lunar eclipse started at 2.43am but was not complete until 4.01am. The moon took on an orange red colour for 50 minutes.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]

Subject: Dutch news

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