Date: 24 June 2011
Wind Speed: 2 knots
Sunrise: August 2011
Sunset: August 2011
Early morning on 16 June, a full lunar eclipse was visible from Scott Base. The eclipse started at 6:22 a.m., so a few of us planned to get up early that morning and hike to the top of Observation Hill, one of the highest peaks within easy hiking distance, from which we would have had a great view. However, the night before, we went into a “condition 1” storm (condition 1 means extremely high winds and whiteout conditions), and when we got up early the next day, we were still at “condition 2.” At condition 2, there is better visibility, but it’s not good weather for a hike.
However, we got lucky. Although the snow was blowing around furiously on the ground, amazingly, the sky was clear and the moon was fully visible from the Scott Base lounge. Four of us sat in the lounge that morning and watched the moon go to full eclipse at 7:22. Only minutes after the eclipse went total, a heavy cloud cover moved in. We completely lost the glowing red, shadowed moon during most of the total eclipse and could not see the edge of the moon reappear at 9:02; however, for just a few minutes right before the eclipse finished at 10:02, the moon was spotted again, and some of us rushed back to the windows to watch the shadow move away and the moon come back to full.
Lunar eclispe at almost total © AHT