Who wakes up at 5 am to watch a lunar eclipse? We do, we do! Granted, the first words out of Janka’s lips, as we opened our eyes in darkness, were: “Maybe we can go at 5.30?” Rather than grab a few winks, we got up and fixed some coffee and hot coco instead. We grabbed the cameras, binoculars, and our trusted tripod. James asked Wyatt if he would like to come but our feline friend purr-furs sleep over a moon eclipse. Driving through the quiet and deserted streets, we contemplated heading towards our favorite bridge, but concluded that the Nature Center parking lot in Chula Vista would probably offer the best view of the moon.
Since this was the last lunar eclipse observable here until April 2014, we were glad we made it and got a chance to view this fascinating moon eclipse. The visibility was perfect as we watched the Earth slowly cast a shadow on its only natural satellite. Janka talked about her fascination with the Universe and shared her findings about this perfect alignment of the Sun, Earth and Moon that occurs roughly twice a year, but is, naturally, only visible on certain parts of our planet. You can find some interesting facts on Lunar Eclipse in this video.
We were alone when we arrived, except for a lone police officer parked in the corner of the lot. I had the tripod and our canon Powershot SD940IS. Not sure why I went with the point and shoot for the beginning seeing as how I had our Nikon D40 as well. Eventually, a couple more spectators arrived and started taking pictures as well. By this time, the moon was completely covered by the shadow of our planet, and was of an unusual, orangey-red color.
As the daylight began to slowly move in, we packed our gear and headed home… back to bed!
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