The lunar eclipse on December 10th began at 4:45 a.m. on the pacific coast of the US. I met one of my astronomizing buddies at 4:40 at Pilot Butte, a huge cinder cone in the middle of town. The reason we met there was, if we didn’t climb up the butte, the Moon would tuck behind it, too low to see.
We weren’t the only ones in town with the same idea, but were the first ones there. There was a bitter wind, which was unfun, but otherwise the skies were clear and it was dry. Not even a hard frost, despite it being in the teens. Very unusual for it to be so dry this time of year. It’s usually our crappiest weather with crappy, icy, snowy roads. Between Thanksgiving and New Years is usually the worst weather that way. We’re not complaining though.
Anyway, the eclipse was awesome. Hope you got to see it wherever you were. Since we had to hike up the butte, I couldn’t use my telescope. Too heavy and bulky for that much hiking. We watched the Moon delve into shadow and stuck around until sunrise. Then our batteries were spent, toes frozen, faces, too, and the sky too light for good contrast. So, we called it a day.
My friend took more awesomer photos than I. He has a better camera.
Photos from my astronomy pal, Eric:
Did any of you get to see the eclipse over the weekend? Share your stories.