Day 354: Lunar Eclipse

by John Nelson December. 20, 2010 4026 views

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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Pauline Wilson Brooks 6 years, 10 months ago

Amazing - added 1 and 2 to my favourites - really special

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Brent Mosley 6 years, 10 months ago

Wonderful. i wasn't able to see it out here in California.

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Paolo Martini 6 years, 10 months ago

.....meravigliose !
[i][b]bravo[/b][/i]

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Ray King 6 years, 10 months ago

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!

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Paula 6 years, 10 months ago

fantastic, love 1.

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Larry Nelson 6 years, 10 months ago

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!!

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Darlene Foster 6 years, 10 months ago

Love the first composite!

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Brenda Nelson 6 years, 10 months ago

John, these are AWESOME!! Put #1 & 3 in my faves, since it was cloudy here.

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Scott 6 years, 10 months ago

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.

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Lynda 6 years, 10 months ago

Great shots

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
David Cardona 6 years, 10 months ago

Wonderful work! I added first one into my favorites. Thanks for sharing and congrats!

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Claire 6 years, 10 months ago

wow fantastic !

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Kaitlyn 6 years, 10 months ago

WOW...Fantastic!!!!!!!

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Piotrek 6 years, 10 months ago

fantastic work!

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