Walton County residents brave cold temps to view total lunar eclipse

December 21, 2010

Michael Sturdivant of Santa Rosa Beach took this shot of the total lunar eclipse at Blue Mountain Beach.

Bright orange glow brings spectacular show in the sky

Locals from across Walton County braved cold temperatures during the early morning hours of Dec. 21 to view the total lunar eclipse.

On the first day of northern winter, the full moon passed almost dead-center through the earth’s shadow Dec. 21 creating the lunar eclipse. From beginning to end, it lasted about three hours and twenty-eight minutes. For observers in our area, the eclipse lasted from 11:30 p.m. – 5 a.m. with the peak coverage at 2:17 a.m.

“I nearly froze out there,” Jenny Gomillion of DeFuniak Springs said as the temperatures were in the mid 30s in north Walton.

The moon glowed with amber light and the clear skies provided spectacular stargazing for those that enjoyed .

Jenny Gomillion of DeFuniak Springs took this photo of the total lunar eclipse. To view more of Jenny's photography, go to: www.inspirationsphotography.net