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Total Lunar Eclipse, January 9th, 2001

Halo around the moon
Eclipse 1
Eclipse 2
Eclipse 3
Eclipse 4
Eclipse 5


The large picture above shows the moon, with a large halo around it caused by thin high-level cloud, at 6:30pm on January 9th, 2001, just before the eclipse began. To the right of the photo is the mound of Dowth. The picture is a 30-second exposure using a 18-35mm lens.

The five smaller pictures were taken at intervals during the next hour as the shadow of the Earth crossed the moon. The last picture in the sequence was taken when the moon was totally in shadow, a spectacle which lasted a full hour. Pictures 4 and 5, especially no. 4, give a good idea of the red colouration which was seen during totality. The event was enjoyed by about a dozen enthusiasts from a viewing location beside Dowth.

At around 9pm or so, just after totality began, a bank of cloud came over our viewing site and hid the moon from view. We were among the lucky ones though. In nearby Drogheda there was widespread disappointment as cloud kept much of the phenomenon from view.

The moon half covered by the Earth's shadow


A close-up picture, taken with a 420mm lens, showing the moon half-covered by the shadow of the Earth. Lunar eclipses have been held with much awe since the earliest times, and there is some evidence at Knowth to suggest that the ancient people of the Boyne Valley may have been able to predict lunar eclipses.


See also my page on the solar eclipse of August 1999.

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