Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Winter Solstice Total Lunar Eclipse


Well, didn't get to see the Geminids due to clouds, or the Moon Pleiades conjunction, again due to clouds and snow, but 3rd times the charm, got to see and image a very rare Winter Solstice Total Eclipse of the Moon, WOO HOO! Hasn't been one for over 300 years and the next won't happen till 2094.



Touch and go up to the event whether or not I was going to see it at all, was a light cloud cover throughout but my good ole faithful Moon burnt through to put on quite the show, I hope and actually know some of you got to see it, Astro-Nuts was with and he got some great pics, JJ got some great images as well as Genie, as of this writing Genie and Astro-Nuts have only posted to FB, anyone else get pics just send me some and I will post here.

Went pretty smooth cept for the fact I almost killed myself, as I was carrying my 90 pound scope across my slippy deck to mount it on the tripod I slipped and would have gone down if not for the fact there was a bbq behind me which kept me up, man that so would have sucked. All good in the end and got the shots, 240 of them, I hope to stitch them together soon into a movie, which I will post. Last but not least, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

35 comments:

Priyank said...

Bob, lovely images! I posted one of facebook and I'll send you some tonight. I wouldn't have gone out in the middle of the night had you not prompted, lol

Bob Johnson said...

Awesome Priyank!!

Marvin the Martian said...

Awesome! Much better than mine!

Bob Johnson said...

Marvin..super you got to see and image it, I had the help of a big and guided Telescope to make mine look good.

Stephanie Barr said...

Lovely, lovely. We had clouds and I love these kinds of events. The moon yesterday (just full) was gorgeous though, with the wispy clouds.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Stephanie, the Moon looks good anywhere, anytime, especially with wispy clouds.

sexylegsandbody said...

Hi Bob, thanks for sharing such great images, great stuff.

A very merry Christmas to you too Bob, and a fabulous 2011!

May God bless you and your family.
Colin.

FishHawk said...

Great shots as usual, Bob! I am surprised to have not heard more about the New Agers making a big deal out of this, but I suppose I haven't been led to right spots yet.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Colin, hey a Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you and yours.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks a lot FishHawk, good point about the New Agers, you'd think there would be all kinds of implications here, ha, to me when looking up at it's utter beauty and order,ie. perfect alignment, just another confirmation there is a God. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Dan Gurney said...

Fantastic image, Bob, and a great blog. I found you through Ruth Mowry's Synchronizing blog. I pinched this photo, crediting you and plugging, and put it up on my blog.

Lynda Lehmann said...

Stopping by to wish you a Merry Christmas, Bob, and a great year ahead!

AngelBaby said...

It was pouring rain when this happened so I missed it and I really wanted to see this.

I came by to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year filled with Love, Blessings, Peace and joy.

Love and Blessings,
AngelBaby

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks so much Dan, took a peak, sweet blog too.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Lynda, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks AngelBaby, too bad you missed it. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year, all the best in 2011.

the diary said...

i always wait the moment for lunar eclipse unfortunately i usually miss that moment because of cloudy thing

DrowseyMonkey said...

Wonderful photos as always Bob. I saw it too - right from my balcony, it was glorious! Thought of you as you're the only "astronomy" person I know, lol ... and I figured you were out there somewhere taking photos!

Bob Johnson said...

Too bad you missed it the diary.

Bob Johnson said...

Ha Drowsey, great you got to see it.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

AWESOME POST AND PHOTOS, BOB!!! WOOT!!!

You slipped in that frigid weather!!! So glad you are okay. The total lunar eclipse was definitely worth waiting up for. It was high in the sky, wasn't it! A lot of people missed it because they didn't look high enough. You really had to step out of the house for it.

Thanks for mentioning my blog.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS DAY!!!

Hugs, JJ

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks JJ, glad you got to see it, Merry Christmas.

kml said...

Beautiful moon capture, Bob! It was too overcast in our area but at least we get to see yours.

Happy holidays to you and all the best for the New Year!!

Take care,
Kathy

Bob Johnson said...

To Bad you missed it Kathy, was awesome, Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Astro-Nuts said...

Awesome shots Bob. Some day I'll get the 8" scope working and get some better shots like yours. Was a great event to have been able to see. So glad we could get together for it.

Bob Johnson said...

Was sweet Colin.

Binky said...

Nice images! The first one, especially. The red moon just looks so unreal.

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