Thursday, December 23, 2010
Lunar Eclipse: KJRH viewer pics from December 21, 2010
NOTE: Click on all these pictures for larger, higher resolution images. The moon looks cool!
(ABOVE: Wow, just wow! Click on the picture for the high resolution details. Gerald Miller from Muskogee generously shared this picture of the moon during the lunar eclipse.)
My wife and I woke up at 2am on December 21 to view the lunar eclipse from our front yard. Looking straight up, the moon appeared as an orange dot nearly overhead. This was the first lunar eclipse on the Winter solstice in 456 years! A lunar eclipse occurs when Earth is perfectly aligned between the sun and the moon causing Earth to cast a shadow on the moon.
These pictures from KJRH viewers are what you missed if you slept.
(ABOVE: The beautiful mosaic was compiled by Mr. Miller. He took pictures every 10 minutes from 11:34pm to 4:01am)
(BELOW: Lonnie Iannazzo shows the stages of the eclipse. The orange tint on the moon is thought to be from the reflection of the sun's rays off of Earth.)
(BELOW: The full moon returned to "normal" as shown in this beautiful picture from Alison Stone of Bixby.)