Sunday, 11 December 2011

Total eclipse of the moon

For those who have been living under a rock, there was a total lunar eclipse yesterday, visible from Australia, most of Asia, Europe, Africa and North America.

Littletree, being obsessed with astronomy, was very keen to see it, but she barely managed to wake up for the 1am totality!

It had been raining all day, and I’d given up hope of getting to see anything, but right when the first shadow was falling over the moon, it cleared up and we had great viewing!

So we set the telescope up

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Waited patiently, watching as the Earth’s shadow slowly covered the full moon.

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Definitely worthwhile having the telescope as well! Though technically one is not supposed to be able to take photos through a telescope, and clearly these ones didn’t come out so well, you get the idea:

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And I’m reminded of 2006 when we went to Turkey to see a total eclipse of the sun at a Rainbow Gathering.

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Littletree was terrified of the sun disappearing! She cried through the whole first part, hid in my lap and refused to look at it until the totality was over. And then she was happy again!

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