Sunday, December 19, 2010

Full Moon Through Trees

The view from my window this Sunday evening.

Unfortunately, with a winter storm coming in Monday night into Tuesday morning, we will not get to see the only total lunar eclipse of this year, and the first one to fall on a solstice in nearly 500 years. There will be two lunar eclipses in 2011, but it is extremely rare for a total lunar eclipse to fall during the winter solstice. The last occurance was in the 1600s, and the next won't be until 2094, 2363 and 2382.

Due to all the volcanic ash in the atmosphere this year, they are expecting the moon to be a vibrant red, and many observatories across North America are hosting open houses open to the public tonight. I hope those who can stay up late to view it enjoy the experience!


Alice Audrey said...

This would make a good Halloween picture.

Heather said...

Thank you -- not bad for being shot through my window, huh? *VBG*

Alice Audrey said...

Fantastic. I had no idea it was a window shot.

Jana said...

Oh shoot. I forgot about the eclipse. Dangit!

Love this shot, though. I can never get good moon pics like this.

Heather said...

Jana: LOL - and you probably would have been able to see it, unlike we here in the snow belt.