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Lunar Eclipse ~ So Spectacular!

*Gorgeous* lunar eclipse ~ right outside my front door! Read on for story and more photos...

*Gorgeous* lunar eclipse ~ right outside my front door! Read on for story and full-size photos…

I almost went to bed early because of the thick cloud cover.

Then, when I checked the area weather, I almost jumped into the ‘vertible to head toward Napa, where Google was reporting clear skies.

Just before the start of tonight’s lunar eclipse (April 14/15, ~11 pm to ~2 am here in CA), the full moon was barely visible behind a fuzzy gray blanket.

But I was up, editing some photos in the living room, so I kept checking on it.

The view from my front door. When the clouds melted, the eclipsed moon was right there, between the two trees!

The view from my front door. When the clouds melted, the eclipsed moon was *right there*!

A closeup of the view from my front door. For most of totality, the moon sat right between the two trees (!)

A closeup of the view from my front door. For most of totality, the moon sat right between the two trees (!)

Next time I looked, a tiny shadow had started creeping over the lower left of the moon’s face. And the clouds were definitely thinner.

Soon stars popped into view, with Mars blazing high above.

Finally the clouds were gone, and the moon was completely clear.

Just the faintest light remains on the lower right of the moon.
By now, the Earth’s shadow had just about covered the moon, turning it from gray to peach to cherry red.

*Ecl P1390424The so-called “blood moon” also had risen high enough that I had a perfect view from the little alcove outside my front door.

*Ecl P1390432 V3So I brought out a comfy stool, my binoculars and small “spotting scope” telescope (good thing I’m into birding!) and enjoyed the gorgeous spectacle. (These pix are just with my 18x zoom digital camera.)

*Ecl P1390448 V2Hope *you’ve* enjoyed this photo sequence of tonight’s lunar eclipse. (That’s Spica to the moon’s right, by the way. It’s the brightest star in the constellation Virgo.)

I’m finally off to sleep now ~ zzzzzz… G’night!

As always, my friends,
Cheers and best wishes,
Rosina

PS ~ Back to food and wine next time. But, until then ~

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Cheers and good night!!!
Rosina

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