An Historic Lunar Eclipse
Seeing the big bright Moon, especially low on the horizon, always takes my breath away. I have a particular love for the Moon actually; not exactly sure I can articulate why though. Perhaps because of its fascinating surface that can be seen with the naked eye, or how you can actually watch it rise if you’re still enough, or because it’s the humble, “lesser” light in comparison with the Sun. And of course, there’s the enchanting moonlight that makes the Earth seem to glow, especially on a snowy evening.
But a total lunar eclipse on a crystal clear night, right on the winter solstice no less, is quite the treat! Especially when that combination of factors has only happened once in the last 2000 years.
I couldn’t resist but to set my alarm several times last night so I could get up and catch the various stages of the eclipse. I also couldn’t resist trying to preserve the event in photographs, partly because I knew I’d be too tired to fully appreciate it as it was happening, (and I am one heavily prone to savoring the moment!).
Below were my attempts to record the historic eclipse while shivering and half asleep.
Luckily, I had a clear view. All I had to do was step out my front door, position my tripod and click away. Unfortunately, I was severely worse for wear the next day from lack of sleep. But it was worth it, quite a beautiful sight.
The whole eclipse lasted for several hours, with the deepest shadow being at 3:17a.m. EST, creating the stunning red glow you see below.
It was a real treat to see this eclipse so close to Christmas. I felt a taste of the wonder of the Wisemen, filled with great hope and anticipation, as they followed the star of Bethlehem. The night sky has always had a way of inspiring me.