Photos of the Lunar Eclipse on December 10, 2011 From Newbury Park

While most of us were snoozing away this morning, some were viewing the lunar eclipse. According to Wikipedia, a lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes behind the Earth so that the Earth blocks the Sun's rays from striking the Moon. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. Hence, a lunar eclipse can only occur the night of a full moon. Unlike a solar eclipse, which can only be viewed from a certain relatively small area of the world, a lunar eclipse may be viewed from anywhere on the night side of the Earth.

Jonathan Stewart was one of the early risers this morning, taking in the views of the lunar eclipse. The Earth's shadow completely blocked the moon from about 6:06 a.m. PST to almost 7 a.m. Thanks to Jonathan we all get to see what transpired.