Total lunar eclipse 10-27-2004Hopefully, you are excited that April 15th is right around the corner. It is going to be an exhilarating day!

Exhilarating as in exciting; I am not referring to income tax returns. Rather, I am talking about the lunar eclipse. Folks on the East Coast will have a front row seat for the entire eclipse. The partial eclipse begins at 12:50am EDT, enters totality at 3:06am, leaves totality at 4:25am, and ends at 5:33am. Moonset occurs at 6:36am EDT.

If the weather cooperates, you can capture a number of spectacular photos. For full details on lunar eclipse photography, see the how-to article by Fred Espenak … otherwise known as Mr. Eclipse.

Here is an image I shot a few years back with my 300mm lens and a 1.4x teleconverter from atop our rooftop deck in Baltimore. To paraphrase Petula Clark, get up on your roof to capture the lunar light show on April 15th.