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Day 354: Lunar Eclipse

The lunar eclipse occurred last night, during the winter solstice. This rare event hasn't happened since 1638! This is also the first total lunar eclipse since February 2008.

I wasn't exactly sure how to photograph it, though I'd read several articles that gave greatly varying information. So I guestimated. Not too shabby.

In Arkansas, we had a thin layer of clouds that created a lot of halo/haze around the moon, so the eclipsed/dark section of the moon isn't clearly defined throughout the stages. And the red color wasn't as vibrant pre-totality. But once it went into totality, the moon glowed an amazing deep red. It was well worth staying up to witness and document.

The phases of the Total Lunar Eclipse, up to Totality. Click to enlarge!

The moon in total eclipse. Click to enlarge.

A wide angle shot at the onset of totality. I wanted to get the Orion constellation in there as well.

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    • # Ray

      Cool edit on the first. I was at work and unable to watch the entire event. I posted a few of the near and total eclipse that I was able to capture.. Hopefully next time I'll be off work!! Great post!

      2010.12.22 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Larry Nelson

      Outstanding work, John!! We have to talk about how you did the first one - I think I know, but I don't know how you got it so good with one attempt! (Unless Photoshop helped combine several shots). Nice!!

      2010.12.22 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Scott

      John, you definitely messed up. This is by far your best of 2010! Dang...really, dang! All we had out here was a hazy, foggy moon.

      2010.12.21 Edited Reply Cancel