Thursday, June 16, 2011

Lunar Eclipse - The Red Moon 16 June 2011

Have you ever heard about this lunar eclipse? The last one that happened was on the 21st December 2010 about half a year ago and on this particular day, it happened again. Oh well you still will be able to see it if you are staying in Europe or America. Haha... So let's take a look what Wikipedia has to say?

Lunar eclipse is now in Google! Haha

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.

The type and length of an eclipse depend upon the Moon's location relative to its orbital nodes. The most recent total lunar eclipse occurred on June 15, 2011; it was a central eclipse, visible over Europe and south America after sunset, over Africa and most of Asia, and Australia before sunrise. The previous total lunar eclipse occurred on December 21, 2010, at 08:17 UTC.

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. A lunar eclipse lasts for a few hours, whereas a total solar eclipse lasts for only a few minutes at any given place.
 So tentatively, everyone was talking about this in Twitter and FaceBook last night and it made me somehow curios because I have seen the big moon eclipse many times and have not seen a red moon before. It wasn't my intention to stay up just to see it but I couldn't sleep so I curiously sneaked out quietly and took my camera along. Well there's a bad news though. It was very cloudy and the moon was very far away. I could see that the sky was a little reddish black. So following are some of my attempts to capture the lunar eclipse. It's not easy without my 70-300mm lens this time.

 A better image of the lunar eclipse taken from Wikipedia.

So did you stay up just to see the lunar eclipse at 3am today? Do share your experience and pictures with me! :)

.: Peace Out :.