Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Lunar Eclipse

So I'm a little behind the times, but it's taken a little while to get all of my photos uploaded and processed in the crazy wonderful that is Christmas.  However, I can now confirm that one of the many advantages of a teeny tiny baby that wakes up hungry in the early morning is that you're awake in time to twitch open the curtains, remember that tonight's the night of the lunar eclipse and prod your husband to see if he wants to wake up and watch.

He did.

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H is very keen on astronomy and the only reason his telescope is still at his parents' house rather than ours has to do with space of the more domestic sort.  Happily, we were also at his parents and after a bit of rummaging in the garage he had it all set up.

The moon going into eclipse as seen through a really powerful telescope is a very beautiful thing.  My camera doesn't have quite the same power so you'll have to excuse the wobbly photography; I was using maximum ISO to get as good a picture as possible so it's a bit noisy, and as you can see, the tripod was otherwise occupied.

So here we are, for the first time since 1638, the moon going into total eclipse on the Winter Solstice:
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As you can see the moon was setting behind the trees and it was getting light so we never saw the moon come out of eclipse and trooped back inside for hot drinks and more Christmassy fun.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for that, I did get up to look but went back to bed again because it was cloudy.


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