Amazing Lunar Eclipse of April 2014

Did you get a chance to see the lunar eclipse?

The weather across northern Arizona was excellent with cloudless skies. It was a bit cold, however, with temperatures in Flagstaff falling from the lower 20s at the start to the upper teens at the end.

For a quick review of how a lunar eclipse occurs check out the Wikipedia and the NASA Eclipse sites.


Lunar eclipse of 14-15 April 2014.
Lunar eclipse of 14-15 April 2014.

Total Lunar Eclipse from 0445—1038 UTC on 15 April 2014 as seen in northern Arizona. This is a composite of nine images taken approximately at P1, U1, U2, Max Totality, U3, U4, and P4, plus additional images between U1 and U2, and between U3 and U4. The time of each image is given in UTC. The definitions of the P and U numbers are given in the Wikipedia article and also shown below:


The images were taken with a Nikon D700 using various f-stops, ISO settings, and exposure times. A Nikon 80-200mm f/4 lens was used for all images. Although this is a vintage manual focus lens it it produces remarkably sharp images. For a discussion of this lens, check out this site.