Penumbra This

Apparently there was a total lunar eclipse last night that was visible just about everywhere in North America if your conditions were right. I thought it was pretty hard to see it here in North Carolina at 3:17 am, from my bed, with my eyelids closed.

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3 Responses to Penumbra This

  1. Dorothy says:

    I was also checking my eyelids for holes ~ why can’t the lunar eclipse happen when everyone is awake? Doubt that the Winter Warlock would cooperate anyway …
    (was almost stumped by the spam protection! I don’t do math!)

  2. Bruce says:

    It’s not a LUNAR eclipse, but did you see this picture? Quite amazing. The guy had like one second to catch the space station over the sun. Extreme umbrage! Or something.
    http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap110105.html

    • Craig says:

      That’s pretty amazing Bruce, thanks for the link. I’m surprised 1) that the refraction of the light rays around the space station didn’t make it a fuzzy dot (but what do I know about optics) and 2) that the space station would have that apparent size, I thought it would be much smaller at that distance.