Observing here from British Columbia, Canada, we had perfect weather for this lunar eclipse. My impression is that this was a considerably darker eclipse than the last one I saw back on October 27, 2004, that fateful night when the Red Sox won the World Series. It also seemed slightly less colorful to me, though impressions of color are pretty subjective. I’d describe the Moon at mid-eclipse as being a kind of muddy reddish brown hue transitioning to pale yellow where brightest.But again, the most noticeable factor was that it was a dark eclipse. To the naked eye, the dimmest limb of the Moon was difficult to make out, though in binoculars (and in the camera viewfinder) it never disappeared. Perhaps the best view though was in my 15×45 image-stabilized binoculars. Even though I’ve seen a few total lunar eclipses now, I never fail to be impressed by the sheer weirdness of seeing the full Moon floating in a field of stars. It's just plain strange.
Overall, it’s been a memorable event, though I’m glad I’ve got the pictures since by the time I get to bed and wake up again, it’ll all seem like a dream I’m sure.
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P.S. The rest of this week makes for great observing too. Tomorrow the asteroid Vesta encounters Jupiter, and at week's end West Coasters will be treated to a possible outburst from the Aurigid meteor shower.