Lunar eclipse

As much as we hate getting up early on the weekend, the bright moon beamed its own wakeup call through the unshaded window just before 5 a.m.  — just in time for us to see the show. And what a show it was!  The composite below begins at 5:21 a.m. CDT and the last frame was taken at 6:07 a.m., just as the sun was rising.  The full eclipse was too faint to see in the dawn-bright sky.

composite of lunar eclipse phases
LUNAR ECLIPSE — How it looked from suburban Ferndale on April 4, 2015.  It was the first clear sky day we’ve had in weeks, it seems.
moon entering eclipse
GOOD MORNING — Shadow just beginning to move across the moon.

December Lunacy

December’s full moon, also known as the Cold Moon or the Oak Moon, put on quite a show for those willing to get up early on a Saturday. Although the best views were in states north and west of us, we were grateful for the show we were able to see this far south in Arkansas.

PARTIAL ECLIPSE -- A grand view of a partial lunar eclipse was the reward for rising before the frost disappeared.
DESCENDING -- The full moon descends towards the woods of the Ouachitas.
ON THE RISE -- The Oak Moon the evening before, rising over the grocery store parking lot.