Tuesday, December 21, 2010

2010 solstice lunar eclipse

Happy (?!?) Winter.

Sorry if you couldn't experience it, but this may, in a very small way, make up for it.

I've never seen a total solar eclipse, but every lunar eclipse that I've seen in totality, has been magical.  The ancient Greeks were able to calculate the relative sizes and distances of the earth and moon in comparison to the distance from earth to the sun, quite accurately, by the size of the earth's shadow on the moon during the
penumbral phases of lunar eclipses.

Here's what I experienced from our rooftop last night after I awoke, just from the excitement of it, without even setting an alarm!  The first two moon shots were without a tripod so they're a little blurry 
:'( but then I raced down to the apartment and attached our little tripod to shoot the fully-eclipsed moon  :-)   , Santa Domingo Church, and the Auditorio Guelaguetza.

Moon in penumbra at 29 minutes:

Moon has been in the earth's penumbra now for 42 minutes:

Moon in umbra now for 20 minutes & only 16 minutes before it would be in the very center of the umbra: 

Santo Domingo Church - illuminated with lights, not by the moon - during the umbral phase of the eclipse:

Santo Domingo Church the next morning just after sunrise: 

Auditorio Guelaguetza during totality without any artificial lighting: 
Auditorio Guelaguetza the next morning at sunrise:
 I hope that all  of you can see the real deal during the next one!