Here in Sky & Telescope country — light-polluted, often-cloudy Massachusetts — the weather turned better than predicted for a change, giving all of us here a crystal-clear view of the lunar eclipse in a clean, starry, ice-cold sky.
I had a visitors at my observatory alternating between views of the slowly progressing eclipse and sights elsewhere using my 12.5-inch reflector under the unnaturally dark full-Moon sky (the Orion Nebula was a chaos of detail, the E and F stars in the Trapezium were easy, so was Rigel B, no sign of Sirius B, markings were still slightly visible on Mars).
The eclipse was a moderately bright one, with the Moon showing pastel orange and red around mid-eclipse. Early Danjon-number estimates that we're getting range from 2.5 to 3.
Roger Sinnott, our lunar-eclipse data master, used the reversed-binocular method to get a preliminary brightness estimate at mid-eclipse: magnitude –3.4. (His final value awaits his calibration of how much the binoculars actually diminish light when reversed, done by comparing stars.) In Brazil, experienced lunar-eclipse observer Willian C. de Souza used the same method and got magnitude –2.4 at mid-eclipse, though with cloud interference. John Bortle got magnitude –3.2.
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