There was a total lunar eclipse in the Southern Hemisphere tonight. Joe and I went to an eclipse-viewing party at a friend’s house. Here are some funky (i.e., blurry) photos of the evening.
Joe’s friends F.W. (left) and Neville (center) set up the telescope. Neville is an amateur astronomer and a member of the West Rand Astronomy Club. (Photo courtesy of Joe.)
We didn’t stay at Neville’s place for the whole eclipse because we got too tired and cold. But we caught the peak from our back porch.
The moon was completely in shadow at this point. The total eclipse, which happens when the darkest part of the shadow moves over the center of the moon, happened a few minutes after I took this picture.
The next total lunar eclipse visible from Joburg will be in 2015. I’m glad we caught this one.
Tomorrow morning I am leaving on a very special trip. I’m not telling you where — it’s a surprise! You’ll find out more next week. I’ll be away from the blogosphere for the next few days. See you on Tuesday or Wednesday.