A Faint Arc of Light

Lunar Eclipse - December 10, 2011
Lunar Eclipse - December 10, 2011


I got up at 3:50 am this morning – crystal clear skies & not too cold, maybe 50 degrees, out on my deck with my 7×50 binocular. At that time the moon looked like a 25% crescent with the remaining body visible. At 4:10 it was so lovely, just a faint SW arc of light still on the moon & the shadow a dark dusty orange. The sky became dark enough to see stars around the moon – an eerie sight. At ~4:45 the eclipse appeared complete but clouds were coming in & it was even difficult to see the outline but I could still make out nearby stars. The moon just disappeared in totality and was difficult to locate without binocular aid.

Object: Lunar Eclipse
Equipment: 7X50 Nikon Action Extreme Binocular
Date: 12/10/11 @ 4:10 am
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Media: Black art paper, pastels & colored pencils

3 thoughts on “A Faint Arc of Light”

  1. I like it a lot. A very artistic rendering of a very special moment! The color of the background and stars around the moon adds a very nice and pleasant ambiance.

    Thanks for sending this levely sketch, Thia!


  2. wow! i hope to made the sketches about eclipse,but the weather was bad….I made the similar sketches about eclipse of Juin,colored pastels on black paper

  3. Thia,

    Very fine sketch of this dark Lunar eclipse.
    A very fine capture in pastel.

    Frank 🙂

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