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I decided I should share some of my favorite night shots with Flickr. This is from the 2004 total lunar eclipse.
It was really cloudy in Colorado that night and I was totally bummed i was going to miss the lunar fun. If you ever find yourself in a similar situation surf on over to the Clear Sky Clock and locate the best viewing location you can drive to, it totally saved me here (lots of good general astronomy links there as well). We ended up driving out to a hole in the cloud cover and haze out in the Pawnee National Grassland in NE Colorado.
The eclipse itself was a stunning thing to see. My favorite part is when the moon passed through Earth's umbral shadow into totality. At the moment it hit totality a gazillion coyotes started howling at the moon all around us. What an evening. If you're now itching to know when the next show is, check here for a lunar eclipse schedule for the coming years.
This is one of my favorite photographs from my work. It was taken with a Nikon 4500 digiscoped through my Nikon Fieldscope 60 mm ED spotting scope.