The hubby was determined to shoot Sunday’s eclipse from beginning to end, and he did, staying in place from 9 PM until after midnight. The night before he scouted the closeby area for a perfect unobstructed spot to set up his camera, so when the time arrived he was ready. Over the next 3 hours he took more than 200 photos. I’ll spare you all of them but the following which beautifully show the progression of the eclipse.
A couple of hours before, the moon hung low over Penobscot Bay illuminating the water and surrounding area with its glow. It was so bright that it made the sky seem empty of all else.
Finally, at roughly 9:11 P.M. the eclipse began and the first shadow appeared to introduce a progression that would last for about an hour.
As we watched, our friend who is an astrophysicist explained what was happening.
His commentary made the event even more special and was quite educational.He talked not only of the eclipse but of the constellations
and the stars that began twinkling in the sky as the moon darkened. Earlier it had been nearly impossible to see all but a few with the naked eye.
In the final stages of the eclipse when the moon was a dull ball, the Milky Way claimed its space in a velvet sky.
Though I expected the moon to go totally dark, it didn’t. Rather it appeared as if it were hiding behind an orange curtain through which no light could pass.
Soon after it was totally eclipsed, the reverse began and sometime after midnight the moon again appeared as a bright orb high in the sky.
For those of you who missed it, you have another chance in 18 years when the moon again is closest to the earth and perfectly aligned with it and the sun!
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