Astro photography

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse, February 20, 2008. This lunar eclipse was one of the most beautiful I can remember. The first noticeable signs of the eclipse started at around 8:45 p.m. EST, with totality starting at 10:01 and lasting 50 minutes. This photograph was taken at 10:46, just a few minutes before the end of totality.

The Moon was near Saturn (the bright object to the left) and surrounded by the stars in the constellation Leo. The general consensus was that this was a brighter than usual lunar eclipse. It was bright because it didn't dip too deeply into the Earth's shadow, and because there hadn't been any major volcanic eruptions in recent years to put light blocking dust in our upper atmosphere.

Here is a partial phase photo of this eclipse.

And here is a closer view of the Moon itself during this eclipse.

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