In the shadow of the Earth

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June 16 2011 10:59 AM

In the shadow of the Earth

Yesterday, the Moon passed into the Earth's shadow for the longest lunar eclipse in many years. Unfortunately for me, North America had its back turned to the event, but folks in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia had a great view. Tim Bates, in Adelaide, took this fantastic series of pictures of the Moon in and out of totality:

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He took one picture every three minutes or so and combined them into this composite. It reminds me strongly of the lunar eclipse we did get to see here in the States last December. He posted a nice picture showing a series of close-ups, too.

YouTube user Jakub Barabas posted a lovely video of the eclipse as well:

Once the Moon went into full eclipse he increased the exposure time a bit so you can see the red glow on the Moon's surface, which is difficult to photograph when exposing correctly for the still-brightly-lit surface. The red is due to sunlight passing through Earth's atmosphere before getting to the Moon; it's the same reason sunsets are sometimes red.

Did you take some good pictures or video of the eclipse? Leave a link in the comments!

Tip o' the umbra to NASA Goddard's Twitter stream for the video link.



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