This month's lunar eclipse occurred a couple of hours before sunrise, and I could watch it through my west-facing office window. I set up one of my cameras (a Canon Rebel XT SLR) and took some pictures through the double-paned window, and through breaks in the clouds. Before the eclipse started, the sky had been absolutely clear, but, just around the start of the eclipse, heavy clouds began to roll in. This is Vancouver, after all. Midway through the eclipse they totally obliterated any view of the eclipsed Moon. I got only one good picture through the last cloud break. These clouds kept the day dark and gray right through the next night, until the next morning.
Here are some of the pictures:
From the top down:
|The Moon before entering Earth's shadow. The area at "11 o'clock" is getting darker.|
|Clouds are rolling in.|
|Three quarters into the Earth's shadow. Picture taken through a break in the clouds.|
|About 5 minutes before "totality" (again a break in the clouds). The star under the Moon is Iota Tauri (Iota in the constellation of Taurus, the bull)|
|The last "hole" in the clouds. The clouds to the right of the dark tree covered the Moon a short time later.|