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Useless Trivia 101: Eclipses

Did you know that... the Earth won't have any more Eclipses in about 600 million years time as the Moon will be too far away from the Earth to cover the Sun.

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mrwarfrog
Nov. 30th, 2006 09:06 am (UTC)
My My, I see you have spent the morning reading crap on the internet !!!

angusabranson
Nov. 30th, 2006 09:13 am (UTC)
You betcha. Although now I actually have to do some proper work. Boo ho...:p
sack_boy
Nov. 30th, 2006 09:34 am (UTC)
It sounds like your information source(s) is somewhat flaky.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/solarsystem/sun/eclipsecalendar.shtml

Total eclipses in 2008, 2009 & 2010

And a number of partial & annular eclipses from now to 2010, however none of the eclipses between now and 2010 are visible from the UK - is that what you meant?
supergoth
Nov. 30th, 2006 10:05 am (UTC)
Nope not exactly, the eclipses will stop happening after 600 million years is the way that I think he is trying to get the message across. So up until then we will still have eclipses.
angusabranson
Nov. 30th, 2006 10:29 am (UTC)
Sorry, maybe it was badly worded. I meant that the last ever eclipse the Earth will have is in about 600 million years time. After that we won't have any more because the moon will be too far away from us.
sack_boy
Nov. 30th, 2006 10:32 am (UTC)
Ahh - gotcha.

600 million years of Eclipses to look forward to then!
ffutures
Nov. 30th, 2006 10:29 am (UTC)
Yes, actually. I think Asimov mentioned it in one of his F&SF science articles in the eighties.
saffrongraphics
Nov. 30th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
I saw a BBC documentary on it in the 90s - they also pointed out that the moon used to be much closer, and showed us an animated demo of what it might've looked like to the dinosaurs (and earlier). Very impressive eclipses.
davywavy
Nov. 30th, 2006 10:30 am (UTC)
But the stars will have been right long before then so we won't need any.
fluffworld
Nov. 30th, 2006 10:37 am (UTC)
...and I, for one, would like to greet our new Squamous OverLord...
fluffworld
Nov. 30th, 2006 10:36 am (UTC)
Actually, I did. This is why one of my ambitions is to see a total eclipse, including the "diamond ring" effect at some point. It's a hugely unlikely co-incidence that we get these eclipses at all.
I don't want to turn around when I'm 600,000,030 and go "Sod. I missed it."
gbsteve
Nov. 30th, 2006 11:23 am (UTC)
I thought the moon would be blasted out of orbit by mad magicians as per The Dying Earth.
saffrongraphics
Nov. 30th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
Or destroyed by Ming the Merciless as in Flash Gordon; or perhaps it'd break apart as in the recent version of The Time Machine.

Latent desires to see the end of our moon? Could be. :)

I wonder what'd happen to the earth once the moon is so far away...
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