The moon entered the Earth’s shadow just after 6 a.m. local time before slipping below the horizon as it set to the west. For more than an hour, the moon slowly faded from view as the shadow cut a swath across the gray features of the moon.
After the shadow enveloped the whole of Luna, it took on a pale red glow from sunlight scattering through a thin layer of the Earth’s atmosphere.
A layer of clouds and light fog obscured some of the eclipse viewing in the San Joaquin Valley, as the full, eclipsed moon sank low on the horizon before setting.
A solar eclipse, when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, is predicted for May 20, 2012, and will be visible in part from Tracy.