Friday, November 19, 2021

Once in 500 years

Lunar eclipse photo fail…Erin and her kids and Jacob got up with us!

But it was really fun to drag the family out of their warm beds at 3:50am into the icy 28°F (-2.2°C) night to watch falling stars and see a moon turned red!

More info: 

A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and moon align so that the moon passes into Earth’s shadow. In a total lunar eclipse, the entire moon falls within the darkest part of Earth’s shadow, called the umbra.

In this eclipse, up to 99.1% of the moon’s disk will be within Earth’s umbra.

The moon did not turn blood red like other lunar eclipses, but it was still one of the greatest shows in the heavens with hits of red. Friday’s eclipse was visible across the entire United States.

The eclipse began when the shadow of the Earth made its first appearance on the moon Friday morning at 2:18 a.m. Eastern Time.

Then the darkness slowly covered more of the moon until 4:03 a.m. when 97.4% of the lunar surface will be dimmed. Although not technically a total lunar eclipse, you could still see some colorful shades of gray and hints of pink along the darkest portions of the moon that is deepest in the Earth’s shadow.

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