Sunday, March 04, 2007

Lunar Eclipse

Three Moons
Originally uploaded by markhsal.
Last night I spent the latter part of the evening watching the lunar eclipse. It was a cold, crisp, frosty and clear evening - ideal for sky watching.

I was out there with two cameras - one a film camera for those old enough to remember such things, and my digital compact, - a glass of whiskey and the occasional company of my wife.

I really enjoyed watching the shadow slowly creep up the face of the moon - at first making the shadow area black, but later turning a dull bronze. At one point, I thought it would never reach total shadow, the diamond ring effect seemed to go on for ever (I had to force a glass of whiskey down while I waited) but eventually the whole moon turned a deep copper.

It is amazing that even in this sophisticated, high-tech world,I can still be amazed by a simple natural phenomena.

1 comment:

sandegaye said...

Oh wow! That was the thing I so wanted to see.. but by the time the moon topped the mtns, it was a sliver w/o the redness.
Thanks so much for sharing!!