"A fascinating insight into Ireland's ancient burial sites" - Irish Independent
Total Lunar Eclipse, January 9th, 2001
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
The picture is a 30-second exposure using a 18-35mm lens.
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.
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.
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
to suggest that the ancient people of the Boyne Valley may have
been able to predict lunar