Trip Start Aug 16, 2007
61Trip End Apr 07, 2008
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We took a 15 minute shuttle ride up to the top of a hill just outside of town where one of the communication towers is located. From there we were able to get an unobstructed view of the moon away from the lights of the station. The weather was very calm and a warm -8 degrees/ -31 w/ wind chill! The evening started off a little cloudy but right at the amazing part of the eclipse it completely cleared up to reveal a breathtaking sight! This was a Total Lunar Eclipse which hasn't occurred since 2000. The entire eclipse lasted about 1 1/2 hours and reached the full potential of a Blood Moon which is a rich red/orange color!
(A Lunar Eclipse occurs whenever the Moon passes through some portion of the Earth's shadowhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/28_August_2007_lunar_eclipse for more information & some great photos!)
While we were waiting for the eclipse to enter the Blood Moon stage we were mesmerized by a surprise Aurora show! The green lights danced across the sky making all sorts of shapes and designs. Just when we thought the show was all over we saw a shooting star!
What an amazing night filled with celestial entertainment!
Thankfully we accompanied a great photographer here at McMurdo Station, Anthony Powell, who captured some amazing photo's of the evenings events. Our camera wasn't able to get clear pictures of the moon or the aurora so we spent the down time taking pictures of ourselves in the darkness while trying not to freeze!