Lunar Eclipse on the Winter Solstice
DEC 21, 2010
I took lots of pictures of the lunar eclipse last night.
It was clear as a bell but very windy---and did I mention cold!
The first two pictures show the moon in "totality", i.e., completely
within Earth's shadow. If during totality you were standing on the
Moon looking at the Earth you would see the Earth with a thin glow of a
sunset all around it. The atmosphere is thin and so this glow would be
a very thin band. But, it would be sunset colored. It is that glow
that illuminates the moon during a lunar eclipse and that is why it
Note that there are a few background stars in the first two pictures.