The Total Lunar Eclipse of May 15, 2003


This was one of the most viewer-friendly lunar eclipses in recent memory. In Arizona, the moon was already partially eclipsed when it rose in early evening, and totality began about an hour afterward. When totality ended about another hour after that, it was still not very late at night. Many families were out and about in my neighborhood, enjoying an astronomical event that didn't even make them stay up past their bedtime!

This photo was taken just moments before totality; only the merest sliver of the moon's upper edge was still in direct sunlight.

Date: May 15, 2003
Time: 8:13 p.m. MST
Location: Suburban Phoenix, Arizona
Camera: Olympus OM-1 35mm SLR on fixed tripod
Film: Kodak Elite Chrome 400 slide
Focal length: 200mm
Aperture: f/4
Exposure time: 5 seconds
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan LS-2000

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Revised: June 18, 2004
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