Lunar Eclipse – February 20, 2008

On the evening of February 20 we had a clear sky for the Lunar Eclipse. I haven’t seen one in years as the last two I had opportunity to watch were clouded out, so this was a real treat. I was able to set up the telescope and camera to watch the event.

from wikipedia

A lunar eclipse is what happens when the Moon passes into the Earth’s shadow. When that happens the Moon often turns red. If you were to stand on the surface of the moon during an eclipse and looked at the Earth, you would see a black disk (the Earth) surrounded by a ring of red. The red is the light from the sun passing through the atmosphere. The only light hitting the moon is the combined light of all the Earth’s sunrises and sunsets.

Here are some of my photos as the moon disappears, is at totality (completely in Earth’s shadow), and as it leaves the shadow.

The Earth Takes a Bite

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse - Approaching Totality

Into the Shadow

Lunar Eclipse - Out of Shadow

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse - Last Shadow

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