Monday, December 20, 2010

Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight

Tonight, sky watchers all across North America will get treated to a total lunar eclipse that will be visible from beginning to end, no matter what time zone you live in! As a trivial note, this is the first time an eclipse has also occurred on a solstice since 1638, which also brought a lunar eclipse, and is only the second solstice eclipse in the last 2,000 years! With this being such a rare event, anyone who has a clear sky (or even a chance of a few clear breaks) should head out and take a look up at the Moon. So, instead of going on and on typing away about what you will be able to see, I'll just show you.

Below is the complete sequence of the October 27, 2004 total lunar eclipse, the lat one visible fro start to finish in Ohio that wasn't clouded out for part of the time. By the way, I took these pictures with a primitive Sony Mavica, circa 2000. Obviously, if this (even for it's day) digital dinosaur (it ised floppy discs for storage) could take pictures of the eclipse just by me aiming and shooting, a modern day digital camera should be able to do much better.

Humble requests:

If you found this informative (or at least entertaining), help me pay my bills and check out my Examiner pages for photography and astronomy for more great stuff.

Think this was cool? Why not tell a friend?

For something even better, become a follower.

No comments:

Post a Comment