Georgia resident Larry Owens took this series of lunar eclipse images.

Back on Earth, both the lunar eclipse and Titan flyby were big news. Seventy-five members of the Cassini-Huygens Saturn Observation Campaign (many of them Solar System Ambassadors as well) gathered with crowds around telescopes and computer screens as two very different moons revealed themselves in magificent splendor. Some dispatches from around the globe:

Washington, DC, Geoff Chester, public affairs officer, U.S. Naval Observatory: "We had a special reception and viewing [Oct. 27] for about 75 members of the DC chapter of the U.S. Meteorological Society at the U.S. Naval Observatory. Needless to say, we talked quite a bit about the weather on Titan. Having a reddish Moon in the sky reminded us of the first false-color images of Titan."

Dallas, Tex., Bess Amaral, St. Mark's School Planetarium: "I held a lunar eclipse briefing throughout the day in the planetarium and we had great images of Titan thrown in at the end. That night, I had an eclipse watch in the school parking lot. We had a good crowd eyeballing the eclipse as it ducked in and out of clouds. We watched through the telescope to see the shadow cross the craters."

Cape Coral, Fla. Carol Stewart, teacher: "I had a small event for the lunar eclipse and talked about Saturn being visible later in the evening as well as how the first images are coming down from Titan. I showed my students the latest images from Titan and explained what scientists are beginning to see. They are impressed with the high quality imaging."

Lumbarton, N.C., Ken Brandt, Robeson Planetarium: "We did a lunar eclipse event and even though it was a 'washout,' I made a point of showing some of the tastier Titan flyby images along with a webcast of the eclipse and some animations."

Bond Head, Ontario, Canada, Craig Cunningham: "I conducted a lunar eclipse lesson for my daughter's Girl Guides group. It was toward their astronomy badge. I used Cassini info and posters indicating comparisons between our moon and Titan. The sky was perfect for observation."

La Paz, El Salvador, Jorge Colorado: "We met in our observatory in San Juan Talpa, a neighborhood of La Paz in El Salvador, Central America. We took some pictures of the eclipse. We had problems during the first contact because the sky was too cloudy, but in the maximum eclipse the clouds disappeared and we enjoyed the spectacular eclipse.

Christchurch, New Zealand, Euan Mason: "The eclipse wasn't visible from New Zealand, but we were with you in spirit."

Related Links

Cassini-Huygnes Mission to Saturn and Titan:

*Cassini-Huygens Mission Homepage (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
*Saturn's Moons: Titan

Lunar Eclipses and Earth's Moon:

*Lunar Eclipse Information & Activities
*NASA: Exploring the Moon, Mars and Beyond
*Earth's Moon

Outreach Programs:

*Solar System Ambassadors Program
*Night Sky Network