Photography, Outdoors, Wisconsin

Total Lunar Eclipse, Wisco Edition

Chicago was going to be cloudy all night, and never ones to miss a celestial event, we drove a few hours up to the Wisconsin Dells to watch the lunar eclipse

May 15, 2022

The full moon at a total eclipse shines a dull orange in the sky surrounded by stars.

I know lunar eclipses aren't that uncommon. But you're watching the earth's shadow move quickly across the moon, making a shadow puppet of one space rock on another. That's cool, and it's worth stopping a minute to watch.

But we couldn't watch at home, because our weather has been hit or miss all spring and today was a miss. So I checked the weather, noticed Wisconsin should be nice, and came across Devil's Lake State Park, which sounds kinda metal, and comes billed as having pretty dark skies.

Three hours on the road brought us there around 9pm, just in time to get super confused about paying for entry to the park and plant ourselves next to the Satan lake in question and catch the eclipse.

I love that you can see the stars in the last photo, after the moon is completely hidden behind the earth's shadow.

The full moon during the early stages of a lunar eclipse, showing the lower left portion covered in shadow

The full moon during the early stages of a lunar eclipse, showing more of the lower left portion covered in shadow

The full moon during a lunar eclipse, showing even more of the lower left portion covered in shadow

The full moon during a lunar eclipse showing a third of the lower left portion covered in shadow

The full moon during a lunar eclipse, showing about half covered in shadow

The full moon during a lunar eclipse, about two thirds obscured by shadow

The full moon during a lunar eclipse, increasingly obscured by shadow

The full moon during a lunar eclipse, almost completely covered by shadow with only a bright sliver visible

The full moon during a lunar eclipse, completely behind the earth's shadow and glowing a dull orange

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