Lunar eclipse

Lunar eclipse, 3 March 2007. Click for full-size version.

Some great photos of last Saturday’s lunar eclipse here and here (see this blog post for details).

The east coast was an ideal spot from which to see the eclipse, looking out over the North Sea on a perfectly clear night. We almost missed it: we hadn’t realised it was happening, and then the weather forecaster on TV said, “Tonight’s lunar eclipse is reaching its peak”. We looked out of the window and there it was.

What particularly struck me was looking at the moon through binoculars just before it entered totality: the earth’s shadow and varying light patterns on the moon’s surface brought out the moon’s roundness in a particularly clear way. A very striking sight, one to which no photograph can really do justice.

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