Wednesday, October 27, 2004

tonight's lunar eclipse

Tonight is the last chance to see a lunar eclipse until 2007, so get outside and check it out. In the U.S., it will be early enough that you can take the kiddies outside to see it, too. Just in time for Halloween, a blood-red full moon in the sky. Hopefully, it won't be raining for the event. There's a few showers/storms around right now, and I'm hoping they dissipate by sunset.

NASA's site on the eclipse - complete with start and end times, adusted for each time zone. Also contains links to webcasts of tonight's eclipse.

update - Friday, October 29, 2004 - 08:30

It did clear off here by the time the beginning of the eclipse was visible, about 2030 CDT. I was able to take some high resolution digital pictures of the event, some of which will be in the album later today or tomorrow. I took pictures about every 1-5 minutes during the partial eclipse and about every minute during the total eclipse. I haven't pulled the pictures off the camera yet, so I don't know how well the shots of the total eclipse turned out. The camera was having difficulties "seeing" the moon because it was so dark. Also, my hand wasn't the steadiest at all times, even when using a vehicle or anyting else to steady the camera on.

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