A lunar eclipse can only occur at Full Moon, and only if the Moon passes through some portion of the Earth's shadow. Only 35% of lunar eclipses are total and tonight marked one for everyone on plant Earth!
Even with the slight cloud cover in Maryland, it was truly extraordinary.
The Moon was already eclipsing when she rose just after sunset. When Warren and I found her above the treee line and through the clouds, the shadow of Earth as already pulling herself back across the surface of the Moon.
The most wondrous part was that the Moon turned an eerie red, which is caused by dust in our atmosphere acting like a prism and bending the light that hits the Moon.
Sigh. Warren, thank you for lassoing her for me.....