Thursday, August 30, 2007

Lunar Eclipse

I hoped there'd be more to see this year, but it was much like March's eclipse only less clear.  For those who remembered from previous posts that you needed to be up at 1 a.m. ad infin., I noted in some Journals (Donna' especially) that many were up and ready  ~ Very Early Morning ~  When Luna passed into Earth's shadow (the umbra stage) I expected it to be alot darker, clearer.  Although very much like March, it was more disappointing here on the N.A. east coast.  Since the Moon passed closer to the center of Earth's shadow during umbra this time, I did sort of expect it anyway.  Still, my scope captured many delights I didn't expect, always astonishing to look into the past.   During penumbra, as it moved out from Earth's shadow,  I caught the pale fringe.    

Folks wonder why the Moon isn't totally black at this time.  What happens is much like what gives our atmosphere a blue appearance.  It's merely the sun's light refracting off Earth's atmosphere, and in this case eventually giving Luna a deep orange to darkish brick color, much like dried blood (oops the forensic lab rat in me lol)

At the moment of totality, Luna was so bright yellow, almost white, I kept moving from my scope to just stare with the naked eye.  It never disappoints, this incredible orb that all life has gazed upon and created myths around, we've even had to GO there to satisfy our need to know, which eons ago gave us  My @*#&$^# Aching Back !!  yet seems a small cost for what we gain in return.   

The next lunar eclipse will be February 21-22, 2008.  That's only months away.  The Americas will be treated to the best view, ending the trilogy of less than one year.  

I expect to live to see it.

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Basics courtesy of Skywatcher, R&L, Sky Publishing Corp., Sky & Telescope, star charts. 

  

                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 comments:

zcatzmeow1 said...

Great picture!  

treesrgreen78 said...

Great view of the moon on your entry.  For me the eclipse will always be memorable.  In my haste to see it, half asleep I went running out the door and promptly flew off the verandah and landed on the cement smashing my face arm and leg and hand.  No broken bones just sore.  To top it off most of the trees were hiding it, but I did manage to see some of it taking place.  It was something to see.

nightmaremom said...

great pictures!!!   I have a shot of the full moon from the next night at bugs party just haven't had a chance to get it up.. tonite hopefully
hugs
d

mutualaide said...

I expect to live to see it, but will I get my sorry butt out of bed for it?  We'll see.  Thanks for your inteligent and explanatory words Luddie!  (maybe Ludie would 'get' the right pronunciation!)

buggieboo1 said...

I missed it! :(  I forgot all about it!  

make it a great day!
Sharon
http://journals.aol.com/buggieboo1/ImASurvivor/

madcobug said...

These are great. When I saw it , it was about half black looking but there was some sort of haze making it not plain and too dim to see with my camera. Plus the interfence from outside lights from my neighbor across the street. Wish it had of been a clear crisp morning. Good pictures. Thanks for sharing. Helen

ma24179 said...

ahhhh..I missed it -Missy

gazker said...

I read D's blog too. Your photo's are better ;-), don't tell D!
Gaz x

jmorancoyle said...

    Beautiful photo.
Jude
http://journals.aol.com/jmorancoyle/MyWay

brainwhispers said...

If i am going to be awake at 1am to lok at the moon, there better be cheesecake involved.
:o)

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