Still getting myself outside, still not getting better with the camera (plenty of time though) and still swearing and windmilling my arms around in a vain attempt at keeping my hands warm. And, still loads of interesting stuff in the sky to point the camera at. This mornings treat was a total lunar eclipse, with the Earth directly between the Sun and the Moon. Now I know a lot of you people back in the UK will not have been able to see this one so, in the spirit of giving, I selflessly went out and took lots of pictures for you in the freezing cold. Actually, despite it being around minus thirty degrees it was really pretty nice out this morning. Everything is relative I suppose and for the past four or five days it’s been ridiculously windy and snowy outside – where poking your head out of the front door is asking for trouble and all travel off base or even just outdoors is cancelled. So today, with a five knot wind, no chunks of ice flying sideways and a nice clear sky, was really none too bad at all. The important bit, the thing that I’d been hoping for (and I’m hoping for every night recently) was “A nice clear sky”. This morning the sky was indeed clear. And hanging in that clear old sky to the South west at around half past six this morning was this fella:
Soon to change into this:
So, that was pretty cool. You can see why a fair bit of superstition has arisen about eclipses like this. The Moon does look a bit freaky!
Here’s some more piccies, that cheeky little chap bottom left of the moon is Mars.
Next up will be the Aurora Australis! (Hopefully)