May 15, 2003 Total Lunar
At 7:30p.m. part of our
eclipse crew gathered together to drive to our observation site. There were
eight of us who joined together to watch the eclipse. Steve and I came prepared
with coffee to help us stay awake after a long day at work. Mark setup his 8
inch scope and shortly after the camera's were going. Mark, Carrie, Steve, and I
photographed and video taped the event.
We had a slight breeze and
high cirrus clouds created a fuzzy look to the moon. Nevertheless we watched in
anticipation for the show with our friends by our side. At 9:02 the earth's
shadow began to creep onto the lit surface of the moon. Cirrus clouds continued
to hang around the horizon and the moon finally pushed passed most of them.
Smoke from Mexico fires created a haze that never did give us a crisp view of
the moon. Shortly after 10:14 p.m. the eclipse took on a Dark Brown color.
The event was a wonderful
collection of friends and astronomical wonder:) As we packed up, we laughed and
watched lightning bugs dance over our heads. I can't wait until the next time we
can come together again to view the starry skies....
The first row
is still shots. Minolta X700 with a 1000mm lens. (The haze is
The second row shows still shots from video of
combination of haze, cirrus, clouds and the beginning of the eclipse
give the moon this spooky look.
a small slender piece of light is seen in this video capture. The
Eclipse was on the very edge of the earth's shadow and we still saw some
of the light from the sun glancing off the moon.