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    Posted April 15, 2014 by
    Boulder, Colorado
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    Your views of space and stars

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    Total Lunar Eclipse

    This is a composite of 24 images during the total lunar eclipse as seen from the foothills of Boulder, Colorado. Each phase was captured in 10 minute intervals while adjusting the exposure for the darkening moon. The last capture on the very right of the image was the last before the moon disappeared behind the coming clouds. Once it was out of sight I captured a longer exposure to give detail to the hill side for a foreground. The bright orange star above the total eclipsed moon in the center of the image is Mars and became very bright during totality. All images were blended in GIMP using the screen mode.

    I spent a total of six hours on the hillside to create this image. The wind was blowing a constant 20mph throughout the night making it very unpleasant Sometimes I wonder why I brave the adverse weather in the middle of the night, but when the final product is complete, it's worth the effort.
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