Just because I am a total solar eclipse (TSE) junkie doesn’t mean I don’t love total lunar eclipses (TLEs) as well! They aren’t as spectacular as TSEs but they certainly have a charm all of their own. They happen at night so they feel quieter, softer somehow – and they can slip in and out of existence without you even noticing. Whereas a TSE will smack you on the head – a TLE taps you on the shoulder. Politely.
We don’t often get the best weather for astronomy in Toronto – many of the TLEs in the past 6 or 7 years have been invisible behind the clouds and snow. But the eclipse on September 27, 2015, was different. I planned for months. I prayed for clear skies. And in the end, I had a choice of 3 great locations to chose from. But on the day – it was unsettled. Blustery. I drove away from the city to my friends’ place in the country. Caroline and Sara are amazing lunar eclipse hosts – and we had a completely magical night out under the stars!
Here are a few video clips – my best shots from the night.