We left central Illinois well before sunset. It was overcast. The prospects for seeing the lunar eclipse were not very good. As we headed northwest toward our home in eastern Iowa, the skies showed signs of improvement. Minutes before the Sun set, it shined brightly through a big opening in the clouds. That was a good sign.
Driving west on I-80, we could see brightness in the east behind the few remaining clouds indicating that the full Moon had risen. We stopped for a driver change. There was the Moon just entering the shadow of the Earth. I periodically rotated the rearview mirror up to take a peek at the eclipsing Moon behind us. Eclipse in progress.
After we unpacked the car, I put my camera on a tripod on the front porch. This first shot showed the Moon about 50% into the umbra. Notice the curve of the Earth’s shadow. It gives a sense of the relative sizes of the Moon and Earth.
Using drawing software, I added a circle to match the curvature of the umbra of Earth’s shadow.
About every 20 minutes I photographed the scene. The bright surface of the Moon still in sunlight decreased requiring an increase in exposure times. The photographs during totality needed a full 1 second.
The Moon emerged from the umbra at 10:23 pm CDT. The curvature of the umbra was visible again. Using my photo editing software, I copy and pasted each image onto the next to show the progression of the Moon through the umbra. I am very pleased with the result.
Just after getting an image at mid-eclipse, I noticed an airliner with lights blinking. I wondered if another might pass by since we are in one of those fly-over states. One was approaching the Moon. It got close enough to see it and the Moon together in this 1 second exposure.
This gallery holds the individual images used to make the composite above. Each is marked with time and exposure. All images used ISO=200 and white balance set to incandescent bulb.