First Lunar Eclipse of the 2014-2015 Tetrad

April 15, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This is probably the first of what will probably be very infrequent postings from the male half of the Hummer Haven UnLtd team, but last night I braved the early hour and cold wind to record some of the lunar eclipse of April 15, 2014.  I didn't make it outside until the moon was nearly fully in shadow, just 6 minutes before total eclipse.

Lunar Eclipse 2014-04Lunar Eclipse 2014-04(C) Daniel Terpstra

But that gets really close to the best part of the eclipse, doesn't it.  At least for me.

I stayed up for another hour and three quarters to see the moon move through the earth's shadow and come out the other side.  Here are a few shots of what I saw along the way.  I thought it was really interesting how many stars were visible once the moon was in shadow.

Lunar Eclipse 2014-04Lunar Eclipse 2014-04(C) Daniel Terpstra

Just to add a nature note, I did see a possum and feral cat while I was quietly minding my camera set-up.  Also heard the Great Horned Owl calling from a neighbor's back yard.  I was making frequent moves as the moon progressed across the sky in order to avoid the many branches that were between me and the moon, but that's part of living in a woodland.  I'm glad the trees didn't have leaves on them yet.

Lunar Eclipse 2014-04Lunar Eclipse 2014-04(C) Daniel Terpstra

Lunar Eclipse 2014-04Lunar Eclipse 2014-04(C) Daniel Terpstra

(C) Daniel Terpstra

By this time, I was pretty cold and ready to get back into bed.  I'd seen the moon move through the shadow and managed to get some better than expected photos.  So glad the skies cleared for this.  I'll hope for the same clear skies in October for the next one.


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