Thought I’d set an alarm for 4am EEST as the eclipse would begin at 4:07am in Ankara. That plan failed when friends and I went out for Turkish coffee last evening; caffeine is apparently still coursing through my body as I have yet to feel sleepy. My iPhone is a complete fail at photographing objects at such a distance so no pics tonight, I’m afraid. It’s 64 degrees outside (currently 4:51am) so draped with a sweater, I have been going out to my balcony to observe the event every five minutes or so. The moon is half-covered at this point. The campus lies at just under 3,000 feet in elevation so the night air is crisp with a clear view of the moon off to the east.
I’m following these sites:
4:56am – darkness covers all but a sliver of the moon
5:11am – the total eclipse has begun with the moon dark but beginning to have a reddish glow. This is pretty cool!