Thursday, 16 June 2011

Lunar Eclipsed 16th June 2011 Around The World



A superimposed photo showing the lunar eclipse which occurred in the wee hours Thursday taken from Kuching Waterfront with the majestic State Legislative Assembly complex (left) and Astana in the background. The lunar eclipse started at 3.22am and ended at 5.02am. - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / The Star

Sky Sightings: Eclipse, Aurora and More

The moon exhibits a deep orange glow as the Earth casts its shadow in a total lunar eclipse as seen in Manila, Philippines, before dawn June 16, 2011. Asian and African night owls were treated to a lunar eclipse, and ash in the atmosphere from a Chilean volcano turned it blood red for some viewers. (Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)

Sky Sightings: Eclipse, Aurora and More

A partially eclipsed moon rises in the sky over Moscow, Russia, 15 June 2011. A lunar eclipse comes when the sun, Earth and moon line up and Earth's shadow falls on the moon. It has been reported that this lunar eclipse will be the longest and darkest of this century. (Maxim Shipenkov/EPA)

Sky Sightings: Eclipse, Aurora and More


Two men watch as the earth casts its shadow over the moon during a total lunar eclipse, seen from a hill in Vallentuna outside of Stockholm, June 15, 2011. The total lunar eclipse was visible throughout most parts of Europe on Wednesday evening and the 100 minute period of totality is said to be the longest since 2000 according to astronomers. (Scanpix/P M Heden/AP Photo)

Sky Sightings: Eclipse, Aurora and More


A composite photograph made available on 16 June 2011 shows the moon in various stages of a total lunar eclipse in Geneva, Switzerland, 15 June 2011. The total lunar eclipse was visible in some parts of the world in the evening of 15 June 2011. (Martial Trezzini/EPA)

Sky Sightings: Eclipse, Aurora and More

A View of total lunar eclipse June 16, 2011 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Administered Kashmir. Astronomers in parts of Europe, Africa, Central Asia and Australia were hoping for clear skies on June 15 to enjoy a total lunar eclipse, the first of 2011 and the longest in nearly a decade.(Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)

Lunar eclipse picture: partially eclipsed moon over Serbia

A partially eclipsed full moon hangs in the evening sky over Belgrade, Serbia, on Wednesday during the start of a total lunar eclipse. The sight heralded the longest and deepest total lunar eclipse seen in more than a decade.

"The path that the moon is taking through Earth's shadow is almost directly through [the shadow's] center, making for the longest possible path and so the longest duration," said Ben Burress, staff astronomer at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California.

Earth's shadow started to darken the moon around 18:22 universal time, or UT (2:22 p.m. eastern time). The period when the moon is completely engulfed in Earth's shadow—known as totality—began at 19:22 UT and lasted for almost two hours.

"The last eclipse that was as long as this one was in 2000, while the next won't be until 2018, so this makes it a somewhat rare event."



Lunar eclipse picture: Earth's shadow starting to "bite" from the moon

First Bitten
Photograph by Nikhil Sharma, My Shot

Earth's shadow starts to take a "bite" out of the full moon during the June 15 total lunar eclipse, as seen from Lucknow, India. (Take a moon myths and mysteries quiz.)

From Indonesia to New Zealand, viewers saw the moon's face slowly eaten away by the initial stages of the lunar eclipse just before the moon set on June 16. Except for northern Scotland and Scandinavia, most of Europe as well as eastern South America and western Africa saw totality get underway around local moonrise.

The best locations for viewing the entire eclipse were eastern Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and the western tip of Australia, according to Burress.

This celestial event wasn't visible from North America, unfortunately for Canadian, Mexican, and U.S. eclipse hunters, who will have to wait until December 10, when western parts of the continent will be treated to the next lunar eclipse.

Lunar eclipse picture: reddish moon over a tall bridge in Ukraine

Eclipse Over Kiev
Photograph by Sergey Dolzhenko, European Pressphoto Agency

A bridge over the Dnieper River in Ukraine seems to point the way toward a partial lunar eclipse on June 15. During the event, the moon eventually became completely engulfed in Earth's shadow.

Because of the tilt of the moon's orbit around Earth, the full moon usually passes slightly above or below Earth's cone-shaped shadow, so no lunar eclipse occurs. Sometimes, however, the geometry is just right for the full moon to cross Earth's orbital plane. As all three bodies line up, the moon passes through Earth's shadow and we see a lunar eclipse.

Partial eclipses happen when the moon grazes Earth's shadow, while total eclipses occur when the whole moon passes through the shadow.


Lunar eclipse picture: the eclipsed moon looking orange-red over Islamabad, Pakistan

Rusty Moon
AAMIR QURESHI

The almost fully eclipsed moon took on a rusty orange hue in the skies over Islamabad, Pakistan, on June 16.

The most spectacular and least predictable part of the eclipse is the color the lunar orb will take on during totality, Burress said. (See pictures of a 2010 total lunar eclipse.)

"The redness of the moon during totality depends partly on global atmospheric conditions," Burress said. That's because the light we see coming from the moon is actually reflected sunlight.

During a total lunar eclipse, Earth blocks the pure white, direct light from the sun. But some indirect light passing through Earth's atmosphere still manages to reach the moon.

Since dust and gases in Earth's atmosphere filter blue wavelengths from sunlight, the remaining light is reddened. The moon will therefore appear to change from brilliant silver to between bright orange and blood red during a lunar eclipse.

Lunar eclipse picture: partially eclipsed moon rising over a castle in Italy

Red Moon Over Egg Castle
Photograph by Ciro Fusco, European Pressphoto Agency

A red moon rises over Castel dell Ovo—or Egg Castle—in Italy during the June 15 total lunar eclipse.

Thanks to the SLOOH "space camera," a robotic telescope in the Canary Islands, online sky-watchers around the world were able to witness the total lunar eclipse via Google's YouTube video site.

(Submit your June 15 lunar eclipse pictures and we may run them on National Geographic News. Be sure to use the word "eclipse.")



Lunar Eclipse Images from Around the World; June 15, 2011

by NANCY ATKINSON on JUNE 16, 2011

A mosiac of lunar eclipse images by Marko Posavec in Koprivnica, Croatia.

It was an event that hasn’t happened in 11 years and won’t happen again until 2018. The total lunar eclipse of June 15, 2011 didn’t disappoint. Take a look at some of the amazing images taken by astrophotographers from around the world — well, the “eastern” side of the world anyway, as the eclipse wasn’t visible in North America. Our lead image is a fantastic mosaic taken by Marko Posavec in Koprivnica, Croatia. We have another image by Posavic below, but you can see more of his images via his Twitter account.

A blood red Moon as seen by Leonard E. Mercer in Malta.

A the redness of the Moon during the eclipse was perhaps enhanced by the major volcanic eruption in Chile which has polluted the stratosphere with a haze, making the eclipse appear dark red. This image was taken by Leonard Mercer in Malta. You can see more of his images at his website.

The eclipsed Moon over buildings in Pisa, Italy. Credit: @UgoRom

Here’s a nice shot of the eclipsed Moon in Pisa, Italy, sent via Twitter from @UgoRom.

ISS flyby with an eclipsed Moon near the horizon in Koprivnica, Croatia. Credit: Marko Posavec

Here’s two skywatching events at once: and ISS flyby along with the eclipse, taken by Marko Posavec in Croatia.


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in Islamabad, Pakistan, the total eclipse, June 15, 2011

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A combination photo shows the gradual total lunar eclipse as seen over the skies of Belgrade June 15, 2011.

A shadow falls on the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse as seen from Jerusalem

A shadow falls on the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse as seen from Jerusalem

Source: Reuters
The moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse from Cairo June 15, 2011.

The moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse from Cairo June 15, 2011. During the eclipse, the earth is lined up directly between the sun and the moon, casting the earth's shadow over the moon.

Source: Reuters / Amr Abdallah Dalsh Date:06/15/2011
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A shadow falls on the moon during a lunar eclipse as seen from Amman

Source: Reuters Date:06/15/2011
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Combination photo shows the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse as seen from Jerusalem

Combination photo shows the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse as seen from Jerusalem June 15, 2011.

Source: Reuters Date:06/16/2011
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