Thursday, December 23, 2010

Total Eclipse of the Moon

On December 21st there was a total eclipse of the moon.  This was the first total lunar eclipse to occur on the day of the Northern Winter Solstice since 1638, and it won’t occur again until 2094.  A total eclipse occurs when the full moon passes behind the earth so that the earth blocks the sun’s rays from striking the moon.  
I thought we would miss this once in a lifetime (or many lifetimes) occurrence because of the rainy weather we’ve been experiencing.  However, the clouds parted long enough for us to view this amazing site.

As the eclipse progressed, the color of the moon became more and more orange.

 I loved how you could see the craters on the moon!

Thank Mr. RK for taking these amazing pictures!!

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