Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lunar Eclipse

Where were you last night between 8:43 and 12:09?
I'm usually parked in front of the computer or snoozing in
front of the tv...until 10 and then off to bed.
But last night I was in the back bedroom with the
tripod all set up waiting on the expected lunar
eclipse. In the Northeast the temperatures were
dipping to 2, so I did not want to move outdoors.

My first photo was at 8:01 before the event began.

An eclipse of the Moon (or lunar eclipse) can only occur at Full Moon, and only if the Moon passes through some portion of Earth's shadow. That shadow is actually composed of two cone-shaped components, one nested inside the other. The outer or penumbral shadow is a zone where the Earth blocks part but not all of the Sun's rays from reaching the Moon. In contrast, the inner or umbral shadow is a region where the Earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the Moon.
You will see the progression as you scroll down.

A total lunar eclipse can put on quite a show. Dramatic colors from bright
orange to bright red and dark brown -- even shards of dark
grey --could peek out.

As the shadow moved over the surface of the moon, the orange
glow begins.

In it's totality it is very much orange and red.

Then it starts to move away and reveal some of the moon's light

It didn't take long for the white of the moon to return.

taken at 12:06...

After the eclipse everything
outside was illuminated by the full moon and it
was shining ever so bright once again.

If you missed it..... maybe my photos will give
you a glimpse of something that won't happen again
for three years.We had two last year, but another will
not occur until December 10, 2010.


Bird Girl said...

Great job! It would have been neat to see them all in one picture - have you seen people do that? You got some very nice shots there!

jalynn01 said...

Yes! I have seen that. Never thought to do it. thanks! Hope you are feeling better today.

Jotter Jan said...

Great series of the lunar eclipse Jane!!!!

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