Photos: Lunar Eclipse Creates Reddish Moon

December 21, 2010

The planets aligned early this morning [Dec 21] to create the first total lunar eclipse for nearly 3 years.

Despite cool temperatures across the island [56°F], a storm warning in effect, and cloudy skies – the lunar eclipse was still fairly visible across Bermuda. The photo below, taken at 4:10am from the east end of Bermuda, shows the reddish moon created by the eclipse.

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A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes behind the earth so that the earth blocks the sun’s rays from striking the moon.

This can occur only when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. This morning’s lunar eclipse occurred on the same day as the winter solstice, something which has not happened for centuries – since Dec 21, 1638.

The sequence of photos were all taken in St George’s early this morning, the moon is pictured below at 5:18am:

Lunar Eclipse Dec 21 10-1-2_wm

At 5:21am:

Lunar Eclipse Dec 21 10-1-3_wm

At 5:51am:

Lunar Eclipse Dec 21 10-1-4_wm

At 6:11am:

Lunar Eclipse Dec 21 10-1-5_wm

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  1. moon man says:

    First comment yea. It was alright, was expecting to be a big deal but eh I got bored and went back inside.

  2. ACT LIKE YOU KNOW says:

    Who on earth is going to stand outside with all this cold weather waiting for the moon to go red………Not me!!!!!!! Act Like You Know…….

    • hi says:

      Do you not have windows? Or are you not intrested? If that’s the case why comment?

  3. Shellae says:

    I enjoy nature’s wonders! Yes it was cold but I am glad I was able to look out a window and enjoy the view for a minute. People were contacting each other when it was at the completed stage.

  4. US Observer says:

    Wow…56 degrees in Bermuda? Try 28 here on the east coast.

  5. Terry says:

    Talk about “trolls”…Hey, Hi, evryone so negative. As for windows, maybe they only have northern windows. Just another day with he trolls from the ‘bigot’ station. And you wonder why I make comments like that. Stick too the subject and stop being so negative towards everyone and everything.

    Thanks Bernews for putting that up. Informative.

  6. ACT LIKE YOU KNOW says:

    Hi…..You are so funny!!!!!! Do you think every house has windows on the same angle where the moon was suppose to be @ 3:30am……..Act like you know and use common sence…..Oh that’s if you have any>>>>>>>>> Hi!!! and bye.

  7. bayleaf says:

    I recorded a wind chill of 36.5f at 1.58am and a wind speed of 71.3 mph at 1.58 am this morning at Two Rock !!! Thanks for braving that and sharing your photos ! Any of the meteorite shower?

  8. Terry says:

    At Two Rock? What were you on….”Red Bull”…..? Stick with bannana leaves. Bayleaf’s have an awaful effect….

  9. ACT LIKE YOU KNOW says:

    Terry bye!!!! you are so funny. Dont worry about what these people say about you. Ya got a good sence of humor…Bayleaf what rock where you on? Must have been northrock….Ya drinking to much Old Gold……Bye!!!!!!! :)

  10. Bayleaf says:

    Passage!! sorry I thought Locals would know where Two Rock was!!!