Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Eclipse

It was supposed to be cloudy here in the Denver area tonight, but it's cleared up enough that I was able to watch the eclipse. This was probably the sixth or seventh total lunar eclipse that I've seen, but I still think they're cool every time. This one was the darkest and most purple that I've ever seen, which made it different than what I was expecting.

As I'm watching the eclipses, I always like to think of what it might be like on another planet to watch an eclipse. What would it be like on Jupiter (somewhere in the upper layer of clouds) if you could watch any of the Jovians eclipse the sun. I remember seeing a recent piece of space porn that I think was a solar eclipse caused by Titan. I'll have to see if I can find it, then I'll post it here...

Anyone else catch the eclipse tonight?

2 comments:

Keith said...

I went out on the deck and tried to take some pictures of the total period. It was dark red with cream and orange as the eclipse progressed. The pictures are on my blog, but they came out blurry and indistinct.

http://www.cthreepo.com/blog

I went out to put the garbage out by the side of the road around midnight and the eclipse was still at 1/4.

It was a very impressive eclipse. I've seen many before, but we had a clear night this time, and it was quite a show.

Marva said...

We went out every 15 minutes between 7 and 9 PST to watch at various stages. Satisfying to watch the moon being eaten.

Cool, but I want another solar eclipse. When's the next? I'll save some cardboard box to punch a hole in for viewing.