total lunar eclipse on night of winter solstice

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Well, after a clear start, the total lunar eclipse fizzled here in metro Atlanta. (Well, the eclipse didn't, but our viewing opportunity did.) I'd been following this schedule, which contains interesting information about all the stages. It wasn't long before clouds started to move in, and by the time the Earth's shadow became prominent, the moon was ducking in and out of clouds, so the photos I was able to take became increasingly difficult to take, with barely acceptable results. Finally, just before full eclipse (that squiggly image on the bottom right), the clouds completely obscured the moon, and I went to bed.


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Note: At 8:52pm, my mosaic is appearing in Flickr's 'lunar eclipse' search as #6 out of 13,669 images of the eclipse.

Note 2: On 12/26 this is now #166 out of 89,160.


According to this CNN article, with an accompanying video, a full lunar eclipse last appeared on the day of the winter solstice in 1638 (!), and the next total lunar eclipse that will be visible in the continental United States won't be until April 15, 2014. It's interesting that the video, taken on the West Coast, shows the shadow that ultimately covered the moon starting from a different angle than the one here on the East Coast.


Here's a lovely video, with 4.5 hours shortened to a minute and thirty seconds.

Here's another, lovely and longer video.



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  • Renald Bourque 4y

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Mim !
  • Mike Romani 4y

    Spectacular, Mim! Happy Holidays!
  • budderflyman 4y

    I thought I had replied to this the other day, but I guess I didn't hit the post comment bar. It's very nicely done. I fell asleep and missed all this lunar activity.

  • Sergio Minoggio 4y

    Great work!
    Merry Christmas!
  • Jan 4y

    Absolutely beautiful Mim....
    Sending you all my love, sweetheart.....
    love you.....
  • TIO... 4y

    my mimbrava... I want you to know, you possess a unique part of my heart... it's the part where moonbeams gather as we dance... where the moon warms the friendship between us as it changes the melody of life...

    Merry Christmas my mimbrava...
    A Sweet Besito
  • Mim Eisenberg 4y

    All your beautiful greetings warm my heart, dear friends.
  • Ard Meerveld. 4y

    Merry Christmas....
  • Rainer Fritz 4y

    Fantastic work, Mim! I love it!
    Wish you nice holidays and a happy New Year, too!
  • geno k 4y

    Mim you still got some very nice photos and truely put together a nice presentation. Happy New Year!
  • VÍRNU 4y

  • Mark and Nicole 4y

    A fabulous series Mim, beautifully presented. It is a shame that the clouds robbed you of the climax of this rare spectacle however what you did catch is masterful (the partial eclipse second top right is magic).
    Thank you for your kind thoughts. May 2011 bring you happiness, health,prosperity and many more happy memories at *your* place.
  • Jacques Burgunder 4y

  • Nancy Rose 4y

    well I am so impressed because you Did get some great shots and whata terrific collage you out rained here, but I was not that committed to stay up so late...bravo!!
  • noqontrol 4y

    awesome, we should look more often at what is above..happy new year Mim!
  • fiumeazzurro 4y

  • alight 4y

    wonderful! thank you dear mim for sharing all your beautiful glimpses from this cosmic night *

    (it was cloudy here too .. yet perseverance furthers, as the i ching says ... when the clouds finally opened, the eclipse midway, i awakened mom.. and she was a child of pure Joy experiencing it.. :*)
  • wynne 4y

    stunning, Mim!
    fantastic job and i really like the presentation!
  • Tobi Roaming Africa 4y

    Amazing series of moon shots!!! Fantastic!!!
  • Pictkr 4y

    Nice collection on your eclipse!
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