Monday, December 08, 2008

Favorite Pictures #3 - The moon in eclipse

Back in May 2003, we had very nice total eclipse of the moon. I've always enjoyed looking at lunar eclipses -- the moon takes on an otherwordly quality. Lunar eclipses can only occur when the moon is full. Therefore, the relief on the lunar surface that one sees during first quarter or other phases disappears. Thus, the apparent smoothness of the lunar surfaces appears a bit incongruous when during the the partial stages of the eclipse, like this picture:

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