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Showing posts from October, 2014

Nightfall 2014 Has Begun!

Another successful Nightfall is done! See the Recap post for photos and a video!
Sunday, 10/26: The clouds from last night stuck around and it's actually overcast today... But that's all well and good as today is the last day of Nightfall.

With the exception of the clouds on Saturday night, the weather was fantastic and another successful Nightfall is on the books. Stay tuned for a recap post coming soon!

Saturday, 10/25: Early this AM (about 12:45-1:15AM) there was a small caravan of clouds that passed through followed by a slight increase in wind speed, but everything passed within 30-45 minutes and it was beautifully clear for the rest of the night.

Afternoon clouds passed through and the wind picked up. But now, at 9:45PM, it's clear with a breeze of only 1-2 MPH. Temperature is 70F.

More clouds began passing through around 11:30PM and are sticking around. Looks like imaging is done for the night.

Friday, 10/24: The weather continues to satisfy... No clouds, light bre…

Lunar Eclipse of October 8th

Lunar eclipses are fairly common, but they're still quite breathtaking to view. As the full, bright Moon slowly turns from white to grey to orange then to red, it becomes easy to visualize the vast distances and sizes of the spaces and objects involved.

The Moon moves into the Earth's shadow, which is cast by the Sun. A dark limb moves across the Moon at first but then refracted light from Earth's atmosphere turns the face of the Moon orange and red (because the other wavelengths of visible light from the Sun are highly scattered by the Earth's atmosphere and don't reach the Moon).