Oh my. I cannot begin to describe what I experienced yesterday. Eclipse 2017 was everything I had hoped it would be. Breathtaking would be a good word for it.
Here you see the ‘diamond ring effect’ – the few seconds right before the eclipse enters totality. Nothing short of amazing!
I had planned on driving home right afterwards but unfortunately traffic kept me in place. I did actually start to head for home and didn’t make it two miles before hitting a monster traffic jam on this little highway in southeastern Wyoming. Rather than fight it, I turned around and spent another night up here. More pictures to come!
Mother Nature just did not want to cooperate tonight with a steady stream of clouds obscuring the view of the moon here north of Denver. Early on I managed a few shots but with clouds in the way. After that, the chances were so fleeting and fast shooting in between the clouds that my results were very disappointing.
Quite a treat to be able to witness this celestial event.
To shoot a picture of an eclipse properly, you really need special filters and a more powerful lens than what I have. Both are expensive and so I improvised as far as the filter goes and taped welder’s glass to the front of my lens. The end result wasn’t too bad and you can even see sun spots on the surface.
This was taken about 15 minutes before the eclipse maximum as clouds intruded on the main event. 🙁
Lunar eclipses aren’t really all that rare but they are quite fun to view – and photograph. Of course as is the case with last night’s event, sometimes it isn’t so easy to get out of bed to do so. 😉
I woke up three times last night to try to get some images of the event. Two of those photos are below.
The upper images catches more than just the moon. Below and to the right of the moon is the star Spica, the 15th brightest start in the night sky and the brightest in the constellation Virgo. Perhaps more interesting is Mars, toward the top right of the image. The planet is at its closest to Earth in 6 years right now making it very easy to spot. Even at this distance, the color of the red planet is clearly seen.
The lower image is a composite of three stages of the eclipse. It shows the moon half-way to the total eclipse, at totality, and half-way between totality and the end.
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