Hello, welcome to Matt and Katie's Blog! We originally started this for our friends and families, and to help acclimate to the desert heat. It's taken on a life of its own, and we're now using it to share the best of what we see, point out our mistakes, and, with any luck, help others around us THRIVE. Enjoy!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Total (Lunar) Eclipse of the Heart
Last night, we witnessed a particularly awesome sight. A relatively rare central, total lunar eclipse - which means that the center of the earths shadow passes directly across the moon. It was pretty wild, but SO UNBELIEVABLY SLOW. The moon disappeared for 1 hour 40 minutes and 52 seconds. Since my attention span for this event was approximately 14 minutes, it made getting these shots particularly difficult. Setup, shoot, wait, get bored, run back to camera when I remembered there was an eclipse and I left the camera sitting out, and so on. But as you can see, it was pretty cool. When the moon was "gone", it was still visible in the faint red light coming from around the Earth. I managed to snap all of the shots above, but a better photographer here at the National managed to get this with a fancy-schmancy telescope camera:
Telescope: 2000 dhs. Camera: 5000 dhs. Shoving it in your friends face when you get this lucky picture after buying a telescope in a city where you can't see more than 10 feet through the haze? Priceless.