Scenes of a Disappearing Moon

There’s nothing like Northwest weather cover to kill an astronomical event. Last night’s lunar eclipse was mostly covered by clouds, though from much of Kitsap, you could see at least half of it disappear. The really spectacular part where the moon turns a shade of reddish brown was pretty much obscured. But I’m taking that last bit of information second-hand since I fell asleep before that ever happened.

A few folks in Kitsap were less lazy than I, and took out their cameras to capture some of the early phases of the eclipse. Here’s a photo by Brittany Anders-Aupperle:

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Up in Port Townsend, though the view was apparently a little better for the early show, as evidenced by this series of photos by Steven Mullensky:

Eclipse Photos by Steve Mullensky

But for those who really wish they saw it, one astrophotographer in Gainsville, Florida captured images of the four-hour event (which for them was from about 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.) and created a time-lapse video set to Claude Debussy Nocturnes: Sirènes.

Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse from William Castleman on Vimeo.

And just for the sake of trivia: the last time a lunar eclipse happened on a winter solstice was in Galileo’s time in 1632.

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