Reliving a very dark lunar eclipse

Posted by David Eicher
on Monday, September 28, 2015

These beautiful images show last night’s lunar eclipse as captured by the English astrophotographer Damian Peach.
Last night was quite a night for astronomy enthusiasts. I spent the evening at home in Waukesha, Wisconsin, with a football game on in the background and working on a variety of projects.

When the eclipse began, we had a little scattered cloud in the area. But for the most part, it dissipated, and by the time totality commenced at 9:11 p.m. CDT, the sky around the Moon was clear.

What an incredibly dark eclipse! My friend David Levy estimated it at an L=2 on the Danjon Scale, which means it was one of the darkest lunar eclipses since 1963.

Thanks to our great friend and superb astroimager Damian Peach for sending along these wonderful images —and thanks for the hundreds we received at the office.

It was a beautiful event to watch, sitting on our doorstep, Lynda and I, and gazing up at this magnificent orbital statement from nature while enjoying a balmy night, near 60° F, practically at the onset of October.

Isn’t the universe a cool place to be?
Damian Peach

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