Lunar Eclipse Lookback

Written by The Night Sky Guy on December 21, 2010 – 1:54 pm -

Well the total lunar eclipse has come and gone and from all the reports I got from around North America it was a a real stunner! Check out this spectacular image taken early this morning …

Total lunar eclipse from southern Alberta. Photo courtesy Alan Dyer copyright 2010

Total lunar eclipse from southern Alberta. Photo courtesy Alan Dyer © 2010

Observers were having eclipse get togethers and sharing their views on social networking sites. My Facebook page was buzzing all night long and I think everyone had a lot of fun sharing this celestial treat! Many said that when the full Moon became totally engulfed in Earth’s shadow it turned a coppery orange to a rusty-brown colour.  Amazing to think that this colour is imparted on the face of the Moon by all the sunrises and sunsets around the the rim of the Earth- how poetic.

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Consolation prize. Partial phase of lunar eclipse through thick clouds in Montreal. Photo by Andrew Fazekas

Next total lunar eclipse will occur on June 11, 2011 but will be visible on the other side of the world from this one – South Asia, Middle-East, and East Africa.  North Americans will have to wait until April 14-15, 2014 for the next lunar disappearing act!

From my Montreal suburban driveway I stood vigil all night as a thick cloud deck obscured most of the show. Most people wrote off the eclipse because of the poor weather forecast and went to bed,  but I think it was worth staying up because the partial eclipse was visible through the falling snow!

Totality was nonexistent but still got to see the curved shadow of the Earth engulf the Moon and that is still a great cosmic holiday gift for me!  Here is the best shot I got of the partial phase of the eclipse through the clouds…

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2 Responses to “Lunar Eclipse Lookback”

  1. By JONATHAN TAD KETCHEN on Dec 21, 2010 | Reply

    That’s a gorgeous lunar eclipse photo (with even the stars visible) by Alan Dyer! :-)

  2. By JONATHAN TAD KETCHEN on Dec 21, 2010 | Reply

    Well written. You made the colour of the moon, during the eclipse, understandable to me, in this sentence: “Amazing to think that this colour is imparted on the face of the Moon by all the sunrises and sunsets around the the rim of the Earth- how poetic.” The orange makes perfect sense to me now. Thanks! :-)

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