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Total Lunar Eclipse from Conway Observatory, October 8, 2014

11 Nov 2014, 02:41 UTC
Total Lunar Eclipse from Conway Observatory, October 8, 2014
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I started intently watching the sky in August 2007, and truly took up the hobby of astronomy in July 2008, when I bought my 6" Dobsonian. There had been total lunar eclipses in October 2004, and March 2007, and I had seen parts of those, but not through knowledgeable eyes. Since familiarizing myself with the sky, and the science and history of astronomy, there have been four lunar eclipses that totality occurred with the Moon over Northwest Indiana. In February 2008, heavy lake effect snow over Valparaiso prevented me from observing any of the eclipse. That storm was a narrow lake effect band, however, and other parts of the region had clear skies, according to radio reports the next day. Then in December 2010, perhaps the finest lunar eclipse of my lifetime was going to occur, on the winter solstice, and with totality while the Moon was rather high. Again, it snowed. I had planned to observe with Chicago Astronomers at Adler Planetarium, but the snow made driving conditions dangerous, so I stayed home. Not quite a year later, there was another December total lunar eclipse, and while skies were clear at Conway Observatory in Lowell, Indiana, the eclipse started ...

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