In 2003 there were 2 total lunar eclipses visible from the United States. The first was on May 15 and for once the Minnesota weather was cooperated. From Minnesota the Moon rose just as the partial stages began. Due to trees, I was unable to start taking photographs until more than halfway through the partial stages. Totality lasted a little under an hour. The Moon passed through the northern portion of the Earth's shadow and remained close to the northern edge of the shadow. As a result the eclipse was fairly bright, particularly in the north.
Shortly after totality started. The bright star close to the eastern edge of the Moon is the 5.5 magnitude SAO 159330. In the following photographs it can be seen getting closer to the limb of the Moon and near the end of totality I was able to observe it disappear behind the Moon.
It is interesting to see just how bright the northern limb of the Moon is compared to the southern. Also, as the Moon moved through the Earth's shadow, the bright arc on the northern limb could be seen moving to the lunar east. This can also be seen in the following photoraphs.