Lunar Eclipse partial phase, February 20, 2008. This lunar eclipse was one of the most beautiful I can remember. The first noticeable signs of the eclipse started at around 8:45 p.m. EST, with totality starting at 10:01 and lasting 50 minutes. This photograph was taken at 9:39 while the Moon was still entering the Earth's shadow. Lake effect clouds were blowing in from Georgian Bay and they gave the scene some drama as the Moon slipped in and out of view.
The Moon was near Saturn (the bright object to the left) and surrounded by the stars in the constellation Leo. The sky cleared during the first five minutes of totality, and then clouded over. It then cleared up once more about ten minutes before the end of the total phase.
Here is a total phase photo of the eclipse.
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