Dec 30, 2001, Lunar Eclipse Gallery
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Summary: On Sunday morning, Dec. 30th, the full Moon dipped into the outskirts of Earth's shadow; southern portions of the Moon noticeably dimmed for about an hour centered on 10:29 UT. North American and Pacific sky watchers were best-located to see this subtle "penumbral" lunar eclipse. The eclipse itself was subtle, but the Moon's close encounter with Jupiter at the same time was dazzling. During the eclipse, the two were less than 6 Moon-widths apart. At closest approach five hours later (15:30 UT) the Moon passed a scant 0.5 degrees (one Moon-width) from the brilliant planet.

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Les Marczi, Welland, Ontario, Canada
10:45 UT
#1 L. Marczi captured this picture of the shadowed Moon from his front porch, about 15 minutes after maximum eclipse. He used a Nikon 995 digital camera mounted afocally on a 90mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope with a 35 mm eyepiece.

Eric Pauer, Brookline, New Hampshire,USA #1, #2 E. Pauer: "I ventured out in the cold Sunday morning around 5:30 am EST to take a few snapshots of the moon with my Sony TRV720 Camcorder, using its 25X optical zoom. The moon, in the west at about 15 degrees altitude, was just above the trees in my backyard here in southern New Hampshire. I could definitely notice the subtle shading on the lower left limb of the moon. "

Schindler Leung, Hong Kong #1 By comparing the appearance of the Moon during and 45 minutes after maximum eclipse, these two photos reveal how Earth's shadow dimmed the lunar landscape south of Tycho. A larger version of the image is labeled with photo details.

Stan Richard, Urbandale, Iowa, USA #1, more S. Richard: "This was about as subtle an eclipse as I have ever seen. Unless you knew it was happening you wouldn't even notice --b but you can see the slight shading in the lower left. I shot this [during maximum eclipse] at 4:30am CST using my Nikon 950 through binoculars."

Bob Sandy, Salem, Virginia, USA #1 B. Sandy: "This was shot with a Nikon 880 digital camera with a 3x telephoto. It was variably cloudy here during the eclipse. I waited for a thin cloud to pass in front of the Moon to dim it down so both Jupiter and the Moon would be properly exposed."

Phil Harrington, Smithtown, New York, USA
10:30 UT, Dec. 30
#1, #2, more P. Harrington: "Some subtle shading is evident in the region of Tycho, which closely matched the visual impression. Indeed, had I not known that an eclipse was occurring, I doubt I would have noticed much difference in the Moon's appearance. Certainly, it's teaming with Jupiter was far more visually interesting than the eclipse. Each was shot afocally with an Olympus D-360L digital camera through my 4-inch f/10 Celestron/Vixen C102 refractor teamed with a 22-mm Tele Vue Panoptic eyepiece."

Bart Veltman, Duiven, the Netherlands
19:57 UT, Dec. 30
#1 Hours after the eclipse, B. Veltman captured this image of the Moon, Jupiter, and a glowing contrail using a Nikon Coolpix 880 digital camera.

James Kevin Ty, Manila , the Philippines
10:12 UT, Dec. 30
#1 Photo details: Nikon Coolpix 995 attached to a Televue TV-101 f/5.4 apo-refractor with Panoptic 35mm eyepiece; exposure time: 1/100sec.

Schindler Leung, Hong Kong #1 This series of photos compares the subtle shadings of the Dec. 30th penumbral eclipse with the appearance of an un-dimmed full Moon.

Thomas Sundstrom, Vincentown, New Jersey, USA
10:29 UT, Dec. 30
#1 Jupiter appears in the upper left corner of this image, which was captured at 10:29 UT. Photo details: Olympus C-2100UZ, eff 1000 mm, 1/60 sec.

Cliff Smith, Jackson, Mississippi, USA #1, #2 Some hours after the eclipse, Cliff Smith used an Olympus digital camera (D340R) to record the close encounter between Jupiter and the Moon; the pair were so bright that they could be seen through clouds!

More images (click on the name of the photographer to view the image):
Philip Brogan (Concord, New Hampshire); Becky Ramotowski (San Antonio, Texas); Wayne Davison (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

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