Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Glimpse At Rarity

CCSO Detective Scott Peterson shot this photograph of the lunar eclipse at 3 a.m. Tuesday with a Nikon D300, on a tripod, with a 400mm Nikon lens. There was no color filter used on this picture, the orange glow is exactly how it looked. According to NASA, total lunar eclipses in northern winter are fairly common. There have been three in the past 10 years. However, a lunar eclipse that falls on the date of the winter solstice (Dec. 21) is rare.

The only other one in the past 2000 years took place in 1638.

Photo by Detective Scott Peterson/CCSO