It just cleared off in time here in northern Minnesota for the this morning’s total lunar eclipse. Clouds at 5 a.m., breakup at 5:30 and in the clear at 5:45. What a stately event the eclipse was. My friends and I watched from the bay side of Lake Superior in steady 20-30 mph winds with snow snaking across the ice, but up above the moon silently and effortlessly eased into Earth’s shadow like it was slipping into a hot bath.
I was surprised at how long we were able to follow the moon into totality. One in our group kept it in naked eye view until 7:11 a.m. when it was just 3° high. I last spotted it in binoculars 2 minutes later. The moon’s color was a fine burnt-orange-red. Since the darker, sea-rich half of the moon was closer to the center of Earth’s umbral shadow, it looked really dark. The opposite side, further from the center and lighter-toned was easier to see.
Despite the winds the eclipse was simply stunning and the camaraderie kept us all a little warmer. I hope you had the pleasure of seeing it. More photos coming!