Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lunar Eclipse!

Dec 20 and 21, North America was treated to a full lunar eclipse on the solstice.  The kids and I stayed up late, heading out every half our or so to watch the skies while it happened.  (And yes, it was COLD.  I drank many many many cups of tea.)

It was cloudy/foggy, so we did not get the best view, but were able to see the earth's shadow move across the face of the moon.  Once it was covered, it was pretty near impossible to see the moon, we did not get the glowy orange moon that many other places saw.

Here are a few (not wonderful) pictures.

This is actually one of my favorites, taken as the moon was entering the penumbra.  There was a lovely ring around the moon.

Entering the umbra.  You can see the shadow moving across on the lower left corner.  

The night got much clearer as the moon was moving out of its eclipsed state, as you can see.

Don't know what this umbra, penumbra stage thing is about?  (I didn't either)  Check out this article on the 12 Stages of a Lunar eclipse for an explanation.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Creative Arts Workshop

The kids recently participated in a Creative Arts Workshop at the Old Town Actors Studio with Bridget Close.

They created masks and full size poster self portraits including things they like and dislike, which they presented in a show and share at the end of the class.