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Lunar Eclipse - Photos from my backyard

Posted by: YunaMonos


It was the longest total lunar eclipse witnessed in 100 years and there I was wishing I had a 70K telephoto lens. But it was not to be. I had to make do with my 85mm fixed Canon (a beautiful lens for dim light photography, but not so great for this) and a 1000D Canon camera (the DSRL for wanna-be professionals). Nevertheless it could have been worse, so I thought I'd share these pics with you. 

Sorry for the Scorpions and Sagittarians among us, apparently this lenghty eclipse doesn't bode well for those born under these star signs. To ease the pain however, some honest research didn't deliver much of an explanation for this prediction, so if I were you (I'm a Cancer/Leo cusp by the way) I would sleep easy.

In case you were wondering why the moon is such an ominous red, apparently it has to do with the dust cloud emanating from the Chilean volcano eruption.

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written by the new james rond, June 16, 2011
Very good photos. So that ash cloud travelled all the way to South Africa? I though it was only over New Zealand and the southern part of Australia.smilies/smiley.gif
written by Dissol, June 16, 2011
Lucky person: we had cloud cover so no chance to see it! Wish I had asit willbe a while before the next chance. Lovely photos.
written by Dissol, June 17, 2011
As far as I am aware the red colour is completely normal, and nothing to do with the ash cloud from volcanos. The red colour is due to refraction of light by the earth's atmosphere. While the Moon remains completely within Earth's umbral shadow, indirect sunlight still manages to reach and illuminate it. However, this sunlight must first pass deep through the Earth's atmosphere which filters out most of the blue coloured light. The remaining light is a deep red or orange in color and is much dimmer than pure white sunlight. Earth's atmosphere also bends or refracts some of this light so that a small fraction of it can reach and illuminate the Moon.
written by YunaMonos, June 17, 2011
Thanks for the comps. Re: the volcanic ash cloud. I can't find the article that I read now, but according to this writer the ash will have reached and continue to disperse through the stratosphere. The ash cloud intensifies the refraction that Dissol mentions (and according to the article writer, it would have affected the intensity of the redness of the eclipse considerably from all viewpoints around the globe). I have seen eclipses before and this one was very intense indeed, as can be seen in the second photo. But it may also have to do with the length of this particular eclipse. That is why I was careful to add 'apparently' at the beginning of the ash cloud theory. smilies/smiley.gif

More research is most definitely required, although I will leave that up to readers of this blog.
written by thenack, June 20, 2011
Nicely done, those are really quite good, moon photos are tricky

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