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Stargazing Lunar Eclipse

  1. Feb 21, 2008 #1
    Did anyone else catch the eclipse last night? I drug out the Dob around 9:30 and watched until 11:15 or so. It was brutally cold but totally cloudless and clear for most of the night. Saturn was right there too, at opposition I believe; so I got some good views of it too.

    I took a bunch of pictures but the only ones showing the rusty color that are any good are these two:

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    Nice pics!
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  4. Feb 21, 2008 #3

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    Why? Lunar eclipses are visible pretty much anywhere the moon is visible. It's solar eclipses that are visible over small areas.
  5. Feb 21, 2008 #4
    Disregard. Thanks for the compliment.
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    Sorry Nerf, this is my fault! I mentioned that the eclipse would have been only visible in your area as I confused solar and lunar eclipses in a brief brain fart. I quickly edited this away (as you can see from the times stamps) but Vanadium posted clearly without having seen the edited version. He was responding to me not you! Think first then post is the lesson I've learned here. Sorry to cause confusion!
  7. Feb 21, 2008 #6
    I also saw the eclipse, but from a plane ! Almost nobody (around me at least) realized that.
  8. Feb 21, 2008 #7
    I saw a plane go over while out with the telescope and wondered if those people had a good view of it. Very cool.
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    A good lunar eclipse is a fantastic site. I once had a first date watching a Lunar eclipse (nerdy and romantic at the same time!). I'm not sure if it was some kind of pagan omen but some years later we are now engaged :)
  10. Feb 22, 2008 #9
    That is nerdy and romantic! Congrats!

    Sadly, I was one of the ones who couldn't see it because of clouds all night. Very nice photos!
  11. Feb 22, 2008 #10
    I photographed the eclipse a few times, and some of the pics had a red dot in the top left of the picture. At first i thought there was something wrong with the camera, then i zommed into it and saw little stripes going across it. Was that Saturn?
  12. Feb 23, 2008 #11
    It might be one of the debris from the burned satellite streaking out?
  13. Feb 24, 2008 #12
    Good pictures! I don't have a good camera (it's good enough usually) and it was kind of cloudy here, but oh well.

    It's just amazing that people in so many places were all watching it at the same time.
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