Lunar eclipses happen when the sun, moon, and Earth are aligned just right for Earth’s shadow to cover the moon.
This past Tuesday evening started out stormy and rainy and it seemed likely we would miss it for the second time this year. Hoping for the best, we went to bed early and set the alarm and coffee pot for 5am. Peaking out of my bedroom window shortly after 5, the clouds had dissipated and the moon hung low in the sky, radiant against the darkness.
From the deck in our back yard, we watched as the shadows of the earth crept up and slowly spread and immersed the moon.
Until it completely vanished.
Once eclipsed in totality, the moon turned into a red and orange color, which were captured by the hubby using the tripod.
On the east coast, we were not able to see the full eclipse, to watch it as it emerged from the shadows , as it disappeared under the horizon but the half show was a treat nonetheless (having two lunar eclipses in one year is a rare event, one that occurs every 20 years or so). But if you miss this one, there will be two more opportunities in 2015.