Total Lunar Eclipse

Nearing totality at 2:22 a.m.

I heard that it wasn’t clear in Cape for the historic total eclipse of the full moon Dec. 21, 2010. Here’s what it looked like in West Palm Beach. It was chilly, in the low 50s, but the skies were clear.

The photos were taken with a Canon FS100 video camera in still mode. I can zoom to a higher magnification with it than my Nikon D40.

Total eclipse 3:22 a.m.

There’s a little orange cast left, but the moon is pretty much gone. Wife Lila said she read that the temperature on the moon dropped 500 degrees when the sun’s rays were blocked.

Time to go to bed 3:55 a.m.

I stayed up until after 4; slept until 9ish, when the cats wanted to be fed, then went back to bed until shortly before 1 p.m.

I could have gotten more sleep if I had followed the advice I gave a friend who didn’t think he’d be able to see the eclipse:

  1. Go out in the back yard and stare at the full moon.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Open your eyes.
  4. Go to bed
  5. Complain about how hard it is to get up

3 Replies to “Total Lunar Eclipse”

  1. Go out in the back yard and stare at the full moon.
    Close your eyes.
    Open your eyes.
    Go to bed
    Complain about how hard it is to get up
    This what I did too!And boy was it hard to get up this morning! and wow am I cranky today!
    But it was very cool and sky was clear as a bell here. The ornage color was quite weird…well now that I am up…I think I will take a nap…

  2. Always on top of things, aren’t you, Ken? We can count on you to cover the things we can’t see – whether they be on earth or the heavens!
    Thanks for the view to the skies. Even on my antiquated dial-up, it’s the best I’ve seen.

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