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Orcas Island, Washington, United States
Rosario Resort and Spa is located on beautiful Orcas Island in Washington State's San Juan Islands and welcomes visitors seeking relaxation and the unparalleled beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Centerpiece of Rosario is the historic Moran Mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Mansion houses the Moran Museum, The Spa, the Mansion Restaurant and Moran Lounge. To help us keep in touch with our guests, staff, and community, we are offering this blog featuring news and events about Rosario and Orcas Island. Please visit our website at www.rosarioresort.com for more information. If you would like to submit a photo or story idea for posting, please contact General Manager Christopher Peacock at cpeacock@rosarioresort.com.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lunar Eclipse

I must say, tonight's sky is amazing. Crystal clear skies over Orcas Island with a total lunar eclipse. It's not often that you see so many stars with a full moon! The celestial show is happening in full view from Rosario Resort's Mansion Dining tables overlooking Cascade Bay. The first picture was taken next to our Cliff House Honeymoon Suite at 7:30 pm during its total eclipse faze. The moon doesn't go black because indirect sunlight still hits it as it bends around the earth's atmosphere. Our atmosphere scatters blue light, but allows red light to continue through and hit the moon, resulting in the red glow.

Clear nights on Orcas are even more amazing when the night sky is reflected in the water surrounding Orcas Island, silhouetted by the evergreen mountains rising from the water. The next photo shows the planet Saturn and Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo. It sounds like I know astronomy, but I am just stealing information from articles I read today. I just look up and say "cool!"

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