Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sky Watching

I woke up to watch the lunar eclipse. Here in South Florida the skies are clear and it’s not too chilly (54 F) to be outside in my front yard in a bathrobe and sandals to watch the Earth’s shadow slowly creep across the face of the moon, during it a very dark red, then almost completely dark. Totality started at 2:41 a.m. EST and will last until 3:53 a.m. It’s a very eerie effect; you can just barely make out the moon now.

What’s also cool is that the surrounding stars and constellations like Orion are shining brighter, even with the light pollution from suburban Miami filling some of the sky.

(PS: No, that’s not a picture I took. I grabbed it from NASA.)