Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Watching the Lunar Eclipse


For the first, time I got to see the lunar eclipse. Yes, there have been many partials and and totals in my lifetime, but for the life of me I don't ever recall seeing one before.

Apparently last night was a once in a life time event for us, unless we figure out how to live hundreds of years. The last total eclipse to happen on the day of Winter Solstice (first day of winter) was 372 years ago.

Hubby and I knew it was coming and were watching the clock. Hubby crashed out on me at 9pm (way past his bedtime). I stayed vigil in my quest.

12:30am come and I was outside looking up at the sky. Slowly, there was just a smidgen of a shadow in the southwest edge. I guess I thought it was going to go by fast (silly, now that I think about it) cause I went and woke the hubby.

Shortly after 12:30am

We were standing on the porch with heads held back, eyes to the sky. Waiting...Watching...
Hubby's head started hurting and my eyes were losing focus. Lets go in and wait a few minutes. But before we could get to the door, suddenly we was surrounded with the howls of what seemed like every dog or coyote in the area. It was very strange and eerie. Chaquita, who went out with us, got really scared. (so did I)

Around 1am

Around 1:30am

The fog has rolled in pretty thick and the vision is getting harder to see. This really tested my knowledge of my camera to get any visible shots.

Around 3:00am

That is it, folks. That is all we were able to see. By the time that we should have been able to see the reverse side the fog was so thick we couldn't even see the trucks in the driveway.

Nothing but the street light was visible

Hubby said...That was cool and thanks for waking me.

Pretty neat.



kendrasue said... [Reply to comment]

i watched part of the eclipse and it was pretty cool! I even saw the "blood" on the moon. It was so awesome!

Dee Andrews said... [Reply to comment]

Tom woke me up to watch and we had a cloudless star FILLED sky! It was about 1:48, and like you say, every dog in the neighborhood and all of the coyotes began howling!! Not barking, but howling!!

We went back out about 20 minutes later and there was total silence. It was awesome!


Carol said... [Reply to comment]

We forgot about it, but would never have made it long enough to see it, especially after two nights in a row of not getting to bed until 2:30 in the wee hours (airplanes late for both kids). It's nice to be able to enjoy it through your photos; thank you.

Sprite's Keeper said... [Reply to comment]

That stinks that the fog rolled in and spoiled the show!
We fell asleep long before it was supposed to happen. The dogs didn't wake up for it though. :-)

Lucy said... [Reply to comment]

Fantastic shots.

Jimmy said... [Reply to comment]

Pretty impressive, here in Ca we had a steady downpoar so needless to say we missed it, Thanks for sharing :)

Joanie M said... [Reply to comment]

I missed the eclipse and I was awake through it all. darn.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Great shots!