Pictures of the red-drenched super moon eclipse have likely been flooding your social media stream since sometime around 8:07 p.m. (EDT) last night. If it was any earlier, someone lied to you. Depending on how diverse the pages you follow and friends you have are, the images could be from almost anywhere in the world (sorry, Asia, Oceania and parts of the Middle East who got nothing).
Pseudo pities aside, we would like to present to you seven astronomically, awe-inspiring still images of that diva moon as seen from no other place than Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
(Warning: there was some cloud coverage last night, so pardon any obscurity)
(8:07 p.m.) – The moon enters the penumbral area. Here the gentle outer edges of earth’s shadow touch the moon, which is still below the horizon. Visibility: low.
(10:11 p.m.) – The full eclipse begins. Remnants of light necessarily dissipate as the earth shadow completely engulfs the moon. We have arrived. Visibility: low.
(10:47 p.m.) – The middle of the full eclipse. Our journey to lunar ecstasy reaches peak upon a cloud of disgruntled return. The descent, or unveiling, now begins. Visibility: low.
(11:23 p.m.) – The end of the full eclipse. A glimmer at the edge of the moon is the light at the end of the wormhole. We’ve almost come full circle. Visibility: low.
(12:27 a.m.) – The end of the partial eclipse. Please exit the vehicle in an orderly fashion. The ride has completed. Visibility: low.
(12:55 a.m.) – The moon leaves the penumbral area — Why are you still here? Haven’t you gotten the joke yet? Even a real image of this point in the eclipse would be a blank sky.
All jokes aside, if you were in Jacksonville last night, you likely fought for a glimpse through blankets of cloud coverage to see the spectacle worthy of endless social media and national news proliferation today. If that was your experience, at least now you know it was for many.
We moseyed around the beach late at night to not see the moon, while people in other places bragged about their view. But hey, at least we were at the beach!
The next one is in 2033. Any idea where you might (try to) see it then?