Saturday, December 10, 2011

Lunar Eclipse

This was the view out my bedroom window at 6:00 am today.  The sun wouldn't rise for another ninety minutes or so, but the shadows on the snow were intense!

The window facing the west showed the moon as bright as a sun.  Can you believe how bright it is?  No wonder I woke at 5:30 on a Saturday morning!

Around 7:15, the moon sank to the tree line here.  But I didn't want to let it get away quite yet, because today was a big day -- a full lunar eclipse! 

 Ulani and I got in the car and headed out to where we'd have a better view.

 We drove a few places to find the best vista.

 Just as the moon's disk began to show the Earth's shadow.

And finally, just before the moon set at 8:00 am, it glowed the beautiful red associated with an eclipse, then dove behind the trees and set.

What fun it was to drive through the countryside before sunrise chasing the eclipse!  I only wish we were a bit further west today, so that we could have seen the full eclipse.

4 comments:

The Japanese Redneck said...

How neat! I didn't know there was going to be one.

Anonymous said...

How very very cool. It was good of you to share. Good home training!

Janet B said...

Thank you for getting up so early. We were too cloudy here in Oregon. I found your blog via the comment you left on A Way to Garden. Funny how people find each other these days. I'll be back

Melissa H. said...

Wow!! That last picture is fantastic! Glad it was you getting up that early and not me :D