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Fly me to the moon, or at least show me a total eclipse

Total eclipse of the moon, as seen from the Berkeley hills. Photo: Ira Serkes

Did you see this morning’s total lunar eclipse? Ira Serkes did and shot the beautiful photo above from the Berkeley hills at 6:00 am today. “Kudos to the inspired person in the parking area playing Sinatra’s ‘Fly Me To The Moon’,” he writes.

Meanwhile, Aaron Glimme was pointing his camera downwards to take the picture below of lunar eclipse viewers at the Lawrence Hall of Science.

The total lunar eclipse lasted 51 minutes, and, as the earth’s shadow blocked the moon, it took on a reddish glow, as some indirect sunlight continued to reach it after passing through the earth’s atmosphere.

If you missed this one, you’ll have to wait until April 15, 2014, for the next total lunar eclipse which will be visible from the U.S.


Moon watchers at Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science. Photo: Aaron Glimme