Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lunar eclipse pictures

I hope you got a chance to see the eclipse this morning, it's going to be a while until the next one (June next year [2011]).
It was pretty cool seeing the Moon getting smaller and smaller, almost as if it went through half its monthly phases in just an hour.
But sadly the totality was hidden in fog and sunlight from my vantage point, so I were only able to see the Moon become a incredibly thin sliver of light and then the sky turned completely blue.
But still way cool, I know I'll be up in June watching the next one!

I've created a small animation of the pictures I were able to get of the eclipse.
You'll notice that the sky changes colour as the sun begins to creep up on the horizon.
The Moon will also appear to change colour at the same time, but this is entirely due to my camera settings as I had to compensate for the increasingly bright sky and the fog that was coming up in front of the Moon.

If you want more images of the total eclipse you can see many more eclipse pictures
here (80 beats),
here (Universe Today)
or here (Bad Astronomy).

And of course just seven hours later (this being the shortest day of the year and all) the Moon is right back up in its full glory filling the night sky with its (reflected) light.