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, and surrounded by the stars in the constellation Leo. It seemed to glow like an ember high above the frozen winter landscape. The coppery red colour of the Moon comes from sunlight being refracted through the Earth's atmosphere into our planet's shadow — countless sunrises and sunsets fringing the Earth's silhouette as seen from the Moon. The next total lunar eclipse will take place during the early hours of December 21, 2010.

Here is a wider view of the scene, showing nearby Saturn.

And here is another photo of a lunar eclipse taken six months before this one.

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