Lunar eclipse, high in the eastern sky


First photo in, from WSB contributing photojournalist Christopher Boffoli. At least one more pic to come. And go out and have a look if you see this relatively close to when we posted it! 8:25 PM UPDATE: Er, hope you got a chance to see it – in the past 15 minutes, a cloud layer has swept in, though the edge of the emerging-from-eclipse moon is peeking through. Anyway, here’s another photo, this one from WSB contributing photojournalist Matt Durham:


9:26 PM ADDITION: Thanks also to Minette Layne, who sends this photo from Gatewood Hill:


11:29 PM ADDITION: And thanks to Jill in Highland Park for this pic:


What awesome photos, compared to the lousy example we ourselves provided during that wee-hours eclipse six months ago. Apparently we won’t see another one for a couple years.

7 Replies to "Lunar eclipse, high in the eastern sky"

  • k February 20, 2008 (8:20 pm)

    we were out walking the dog tonight and along with the stunning eclipse, we saw what looked like a large trail in the sky. later we saw that the missile was fired at the satellite tonight. wonder if that was the trail we saw? can anyone confirm? it was quite a sky tonight!!!!!!!

  • T February 20, 2008 (8:49 pm)

    Wow- great photos!

  • Dave February 20, 2008 (9:48 pm)

    Amazing photo

  • Christopher Boffoli February 20, 2008 (10:09 pm)

    Great shots Matt and Minette! Shooting eclipses is much trickier than shooting a normal moon, don’t you think?

    k: Methinks the missile shot would have been way out in the Pacific, west of the Hawaiian Islands, and that the curvature of the earth would make it not likely to be seen from the Pacific Northwest. Too far south and west of us.

  • Ginny February 21, 2008 (9:44 am)

    Thanks for the photos- including the one from our next-door neighbor Minette on Gatewood Hill!

  • Minette February 21, 2008 (11:41 am)

    Thanks Christopher. Yes, it was a far trickier shot than I thought it would be. My previous experience shooting the moon made me overly confident that I could take this one well, especially when the clouds parted…but that was not the case! I tried all the tricks in my bag, but this was as good as it got, I’m afraid.

  • Matt Durham February 21, 2008 (5:35 pm)

    To all, great shots.
    Unfortunately this is one of those photographic moments where a larger photography budget truly makes a difference. The PI’s photo today was probably shot with no less than a 400mm 2.8 with a 1.4 extender. Total cost for the lens assemblly? Apprx. $6700.00
    Keep up the good work.

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