Photos of Lunar Eclipse on Oregon Coast
(Oregon Coast) – The soundtrack to this expedition, that was part astronomy, part storm chasing, included bands like Florence and the Machine, School of Seven Bells, Kill Hannah and Frenchman CharlElie Couture in the CD player. And the scenery was all amazing. But while this was an exceptionally engaging playlist, it didn’t keep at bay the anger at the elements for keeping this unique lunar eclipse from BeachConnection.net equipment. (Above, the moon as seen from the Tolovana area around 9:30 p.m.)
Monday night's lunar event was more like getting mooned by your passing dignity and peace of mind, as you tried to capture this stellar landmark moment via at least two cameras in the midst of an unforgiving wind, a nagging set of rainstorms, and a sky that constantly teased you with moments of thin clouds that sometimes revealed the momentous occasion.
As the whole thing was gathering steam, close to 9:30 p.m., Cannon Beach looked especially surreal under the full moonlight. A distant fishing boat was visible from the Tolovana area, casting in eerie glow onto the cloud cover above.
At this point, the moon looked fairly normal (see photo at top), with no hint of the encroaching darkness to come on the left side, although it should have shown itself by this point. The clouds still cooperated at this point.
Rainstorms kicked in shortly after and got continually worse. About 10:45 p.m. the clouds briefly unveiled a large chunk taken out of the moon.
About 11:20 or so, more darkness has overtaken the moon, and still more squalls provide a fight with BeachConnection.net’s camera equipment. Shortly after, the sky takes over completely and you never got enough breaks in the clouds to obtain decent photographs.
Around 11:45 p.m., you can see the moon is covered completely. Sometimes it can be seen through the clouds, but rarely now. A distinct orange hits the disk, as scientists talked about.From here on, the skies reveal little – at least not enough for the cameras to catch. Apparently, the event went on until after 3 a.m. But who had the patience to wait for that, given these murky conditions?
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