"An eclipse of the Moon can only take place at Full Moon, and only if the Moon passes through some portion of Earth's shadow. The shadow is actually composed of two cone-shaped parts, one nested inside the other. The outer shadow or penumbra is a zone where Earth blocks some (but not all) of the Sun's rays. In contrast, the inner shadow or umbra is a region where Earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the Moon."NASA
The moon, in its various stages, is a powerful part of the night sky. And
the rare occurrence of a total lunar eclipse is a special sight to behold.
Unfortunately for many people living in cities or towns of any size, the
electrical lights in those towns have overpowered the night sky and sadly
lessened the impact of observing a lunar eclipse.
The horizontal series of the total lunar eclipse starts at 6:55 pm and ends at 10:13 pm. The larger images start at 6:53 pm and end at 10:13 pm. There are nine vertical of the total lunar eclipse as it progresses through the night sky over Glacier National Park in northwest Montana.
This location at the intersection of the North Fork Road with Camus Road provided me with an excellent dark sky. This spot in Glacier National Park is at the junction of two mountain valleys. You can get a better idea of the isolation of this location by selecting the Terrain Button when looking at this Google Map. The first part of the eclipse was taken about one hundred yards east of the North Fork River on the snow covered Camus Road. The second part was taken one hundred yards west of the North Fork River. (I was getting cold)
The lunar eclipse is available as individual prints or a progression of the eclipse. This page will be updated on a regular basis for the next couple of months. Technically winter is over, still snowing at times, but spring and with it longer days are welcome here. Huckleberry Mountain was on my wish list as a possible hike this summer it had been near the bottom of my wish list, now it is on the top. Print orders have started to come in so it will be next week until I can tweak these images. A canvas print of the eclipse series will be on display at The Walking Man Gallery in Whitefish, Montana. This display starts on May 1, 2008 as part of Whitefish, Montana's First Thursday art walk.
This is how the moon appeared the day before the lunar eclipse, from the North Fork Road just above the intersection with the Camas Road.
All lunar eclipse photographs were taken with a Canon 20D digital SLR camera equipped with a 100 ~ 400mm telescopic zoom lens with a 2X converter attached, plus a heavy tripod equipped with a ball head. This gear was carried in my backpack while slogging through the crusty, knee deep snow covering Camas Road. The next total eclipse is December 21, 2010.
"The umbra is the part of Earth’s shadow where the Sun is blocked completely. So why does the eclipsed Moon glow deep orange or red, rather than being blacked out?
The answer is amazing.
The red light you'll see on the Moon comes from all the sunrises and sunsets that are occurring around Earth at the time. Our atmosphere scatters and refracts (bends) the sunlight that grazes the rim of our globe, sending some of it into Earth’s shadow."
Sky and Telescope