Lunar eclipse

The Moon in partial eclipse after the clouds close to the horizon had drifted away.

Here in Lund in southern Sweden, the Moon rose totally eclipsed last Saturday. Because of clouds close to the horizon, I couldn’t see the Moon while in totality. However, the clouds soon cleared and the Moon became visible. The partial phase was a nice sight in 15×70 binoculars, parts of the umbra had a slightly red tinge.

Observing the lunar eclipse on December 10 2011.

I observed together with my 8-year old son – it was his first eclipse – and we also met another stargazer with whom we shared the experience. It turned out she was an experienced bird-watcher (285 species observed from Sweden) who also was interested in observing the night sky.

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