I was about to go to bed when my son asked me if I saw the moon. I replied that I had not seen it and asked what was there to see. He told me it was all red, so I went outside to take a look. I had no idea the moon would be in a total eclipse, otherwise I would have been prepared and taken pictures of the start until totality and then I could have gone to bed. Instead, I would only begin taking pictures after totality and then stay awake until the moon was fully out of the Earth's shadow.
I rushed to get my camera and took hand-held shots. Here is my first...
The first sliver of light is just showing after totality
The sliver of light gets a bit bigger
Now it looks like a typical crescent moon
We don't see this shape very often
This image makes me think of the incomplete Death Star from the Star Wars movie
Almost a complete full moon now
This is more or less what I saw just looking up into the sky
There was thin cloud, so it gave a soft fuzzy look to the moon
And finally, the full moon all lit up again!
I kept getting distracted and wasn't able to make a post with my images of the solar eclipse until now. Just as well, because now I have more to report:
The Point Roberts, Washington, USA newspaper called the All Point Bulletin reported that the moon was struck by a small meteorite just after totality. The meteorite is estimated to be somewhere between the size of a tennis ball and a football, and made a crater approximately 20 feet in diameter.
This report is confirmed by the following websites:
My son doesn't think much of these events but I think it is kind of special to be able to witness something rare first hand.
I hope you enjoy my photographs of the lunar eclipse of January, 2019.
I sincerely thank you for your interest!