At 5:17AM this morning the Lunar Eclipse was visible from PCSTATS HQ,
where for your reading pleasure we work a lot of 18hr days long into the night.
I snapped these shoddy images of the lunar eclipse through some leaves with a
digital SLR camera, whose trusty 24-85mm lens is way better suited to up
close imagery. Still, the hanging red ball in the sky that was our moon for
about 4 minutes this morning is a neat sight to behold. Hopefully a few of you caught a glimpse
Incidently, the trick to getting something other than a white dot in the
sky when taking pictures of the moon is to turn the f-stop up to
19 or 22, and use a short exposure (say a 30th or 45th of a second). It may
be pitch black outside, but think of the moon as a giant light bulb in
the sky, and you're trying to capture the "60Watts" written on the
Professional imagery of the event is visible below.
"On August 28 (early hours of the morning in North America) there will be a spectacular total lunar eclipse - that is when the Earth blocks the Sun's light from reaching the Moon, making it appear red in the sky.
For North Americans, the farther west you go the better
the view. Weather permitting, observers in the Pacific Time Zone will see all
stages of the event unfold - the Moon's edge will begin to intrude into the dark
part of Earth's shadow very early, at 1:51 A.M. PDT. The total eclipse, with the
Moon completely swallowed by the shadow, will last from 2:52 to 4:22 A.M. PDT.
By 5:24 A.M. PDT (just before dawn) the last partial stage of the eclipse will
end, and the show will be pretty much over."