A Bite of the Pie

Lunar eclipse

Total lunar eclipse, February 21, 2008
By Richard H.Handy

Sketch of Lunar Eclipse 022108
Last night’s lunar eclipse was not looking good for us southern California observers, as a trough of low pressure had ushered in a cold, wet Pacific storm, drenching the region in light showers. Knowing there would be no opportunity to set up any of my scopes for a sketch, I decided to try catching a naked eye view if there were any breaks in the clouds. Every 10 minutes or so, I stepped outside on the patio to see if Luna had made her appearance. I was beginning to lose hope when about 9:00 PST, a large cumulus cloud passed overhead leaving the Moon shining brilliantly less a slightly hazy black bite prominent in it’s northern hemisphere. I was very pleased because the opening in between the next set of clouds allowed about 7 or 8 minutes of sketching before closing the curtain on the show for the night. Although I missed the chromatic part of the eclipse, I felt happy to have come away with a memory, albeit just a sketch of a small part in this awesome drama of Sun, Earth, and Moon.

Sketch Details:

Subject: Naked eye view of the lunar eclipse on February 21, 2008

Time: 8:59 PST to 9:07 PST
Seeing: Antoniadi IV
Weather: Cloudy with intermittent light showers
Phase: 359.2 deg
Colongitude: 86 deg
Lunation: 14.05 Days
Notes: A perfect bite, a bit hazy about the edge
Medium: White Conte’ Crayon on black Strathmore Artagain paper
Sketch size: 9″ X 12″

One thought on “A Bite of the Pie”

  1. Rich,

    You made refreshing lemonade out of what many would have called sour observing conditions.
    Wonderful sketch.

    Frank 🙂

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