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jethroted
May 15, 2003, 11:53 PM
It's Thursday night, and we are having a Lunar eclipse right now. I'm recording it to my computer, and will do a time laps of it and post it on the weekend. who else gets to see it?

mactastic
May 16, 2003, 12:01 AM
I'm lookin at it right now, sittin on my deck with the old tibook. Ain't nature great?

baby duck monge
May 16, 2003, 12:24 AM
we got it in MN, as well. prime time was about 10:10 or so. very pretty. can't wait to see what you captured for us.

janey
May 16, 2003, 12:33 AM
saw it, it was great :)
however my pictures were distorted, i'd love to see what you did :)
i'm still outside, still looking at the moon...

Rower_CPU
May 16, 2003, 01:41 AM
Here's one of my better shots.

http://calnet.sdsu.edu/images/eclipse.jpg

sillymacgirl
May 16, 2003, 01:42 AM
I saw it tonight also. Although here it was partly cloudy, so you'd see it for a couple of minutes, then a few clouds would roll by. It was pretty cool though. A time lapse would be awesome to see, jethroted! :D

ozubahn
May 16, 2003, 01:49 AM
It's cloudy over here in Tokyo, but that's not the only problem. There seems to be a planet in the way...

voicegy
May 16, 2003, 01:59 AM
San Diego here. Perfect, clear evening. Saw it wane from full coverage to full brightness. A VERY interesting and beautiful sight. Through binoculars, during the height of the eclipse, you could see stars that were close to the moon that you would have otherwise missed.

For nightime sky gazers, these past few decades or so have been a total bonanza. Comets of all sorts. Great meteor showers. Nice full moon eclipses. And not to mention rocks captured on film crashing into Jupiter and the amazing Hubble images that boggle the imagination.

Makes things like "Coke or Pepsi?" seem rather...insignificant, wouldn't you say?:)

MacBandit
May 16, 2003, 03:43 AM
You can see a couple of my shots over at this thread.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&postid=349895


I'll put the rest of them up tomorrow on my homepage.

jethroted
May 16, 2003, 07:56 AM
Well the footage I got was less than optimal. I will compress it into an mpeg4 and throw up a link when I get home from work tonight. I time compressed it too, so you can see it happen in 20 seconds.

eyelikeart
May 16, 2003, 07:57 AM
wow! nice shot rower! ;)

I unfortunately missed it...was busy and forgot. :(

wdlove
May 16, 2003, 01:31 PM
Very nice pictures eyelikeart and Rower_CPU, thanks for posting. Will be nice to see more! Here in Boston it was cloudy! :( Our local ABC station WCVB showed up a live picture during the news broadcast. But there is nothing like seeing it live. We all will have another chance in November!

dreamlance
May 16, 2003, 02:27 PM
Nice shot Rower! Unfortunately, there are too many lights in our area but my roommate and I sat on the porch and watched it for a bit and then hit one of the jazz clubs to watch it with a few glasses of wine. T'was a nice show.

eyelikeart
May 16, 2003, 04:16 PM
Originally posted by wdlove
Very nice pictures eyelikeart and Rower_CPU, thanks for posting. Will be nice to see more!

he he...I didn't post anything...I was busy drinking wine uptown ;)

MacBandit...on the other hand...did post some...

wdlove
May 16, 2003, 06:56 PM
I'm sorry MacBandit that I didn't give you credit! I'll plead :confused:

MacFan25
May 16, 2003, 07:08 PM
I forgot about it too. Well, maybe I won't forget about it in December.

MacBandit
May 16, 2003, 08:12 PM
Originally posted by wdlove
I'm sorry MacBandit that I didn't give you credit! I'll plead :confused:

Guess the confusion probably came in because you probably though I was just a babe watcher.;)

I do have other interests besides babes and computers you know.:rolleyes:

King Cobra
May 16, 2003, 08:40 PM
Once again, there is a spectacular display of the Earth's shadow on the Moon, and, once again, inclement weather has prevented live views in our area. This is no surprise for us, since this has been happening for at least 5 years.

Rower, let me know when the following lunar eclipse takes place. Also, reserve me a hotel room in San Diego.

:)

MacBandit
May 16, 2003, 08:48 PM
Originally posted by King Cobra
Once again, there is a spectacular display of the Earth's shadow on the Moon, and, once again, inclement weather has prevented live views in our area. This is no surprise for us, since this has been happening for at least 5 years.

Rower, let me know when the following lunar eclipse takes place. Also, reserve me a hotel room in San Diego.

:)

I'm not Rower but here is a link to a list of all the eclipses from now through 2004.

http://skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/eclipses/article_80_1.asp

Rower_CPU
May 16, 2003, 11:09 PM
Originally posted by King Cobra
Rower, let me know when the following lunar eclipse takes place. Also, reserve me a hotel room in San Diego.

:)

Depends on how close you are to the coast. The deserts just east of here are great for skywatching. It would be quite a change from Maine. ;)

MacBandit
May 17, 2003, 02:07 AM
I posted this at the Astronomy (current stories) thread but I'll post this link here too to cover everyone.

Here's the link to my homepage with all my lunar eclipse photos from yesterday.

http://homepage.mac.com/louiskst/PhotoAlbum77.html

Rower_CPU
May 17, 2003, 01:16 PM
It's amazing how detailed and "rough" the shadows are on the surface when you can see them up close.

MacBandit
May 17, 2003, 01:23 PM
Originally posted by Rower_CPU
It's amazing how detailed and "rough" the shadows are on the surface when you can see them up close.

Yeah, as soon as I get the camera mount I'll try to get you some at 500x. That's were the shocking detail comes in. You see tiny craters within craters within craters and little tiny rivulets off of the edges of the crater walls. The moon is great for detail for one it's close for two it has great contrast which really accentuates the relief.

Also have you looked at my original photos I host on my computer? I have a 3.2MP camera so they are about 4x larger then the ones on the .mac homepage.

Mr. Anderson
May 17, 2003, 01:55 PM
That's a nice collection of images - very cool. I'm really hoping I'll be able to see the next eclipse in November....

D

Doctor Q
May 17, 2003, 02:30 PM
I could see the eclipse very nicely from my front steps here in Los Angeles. But it wasn't as cool as the moon halo (http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap000515.html) effect I saw while walking in the neighborhood one evening a couple months ago.

Mr. Anderson
May 17, 2003, 03:56 PM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
I could see the eclipse very nicely from my front steps here in Los Angeles. But it wasn't as cool as the moon halo (http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap000515.html) effect I saw while walking in the neighborhood one evening a couple months ago.

I've seen the halo a couple times - it is interesting, but I'd prefer to see a non-atmospheric event like the eclipse instead.

Sometimes when Venus is very bright you can get halos off it as well :D

D

wdlove
May 17, 2003, 04:48 PM
Originally posted by Mr. Anderson
That's a nice collection of images - very cool. I'm really hoping I'll be able to see the next eclipse in November....

D

I hope I can also, but it is very weather dependent here in Boston. The ocean produces cloudy skies often! :(

MacBandit
May 17, 2003, 07:27 PM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
I could see the eclipse very nicely from my front steps here in Los Angeles. But it wasn't as cool as the moon halo (http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap000515.html) effect I saw while walking in the neighborhood one evening a couple months ago.

That's pretty cool and it's one of the things I really enjoy about Snow Camping. You get to see those and sometimes there are more then one halo.

Doctor Q
May 17, 2003, 07:56 PM
It's also wonderful to see a circular rainbow. The last time I saw one was when I was in Hawaii. Here's an image like what I saw: circular_rainbow2.jpg (http://www.roddyscheer.com/images/napali_circular_rainbow2.jpg)

MacBandit
May 17, 2003, 08:03 PM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
It's also wonderful to see a circular rainbow. The last time I saw one was when I was in Hawaii. Here's an image like what I saw: circular_rainbow2.jpg (http://www.roddyscheer.com/images/napali_circular_rainbow2.jpg)

To see those you usually either have to be in a plane or looking off of a cliff. I don't remember ever seeing or having seen a shot of one from ground level looking out or up.

I also like double and triple rainbows.