I managed to take some pictures from the recent total lunar eclipse. With limited lense, it’s not quite stunning, some were even bit shaky. Probably the reason to buy 800mm?
A total lunar eclipse is taking place on June 15, 2011. It is the first of two such eclipses in 2011, the second occurring on December 10, 2011. This is a relatively rare central lunar eclipse where the center point of Earth’s shadow passes across the Moon. The last time a lunar eclipse was closer to the center of the earth’s shadow was on July 16, 2000. The next central total lunar eclipse will be on July 27, 2018.
When an eclipse of the Moon takes place, everyone on the night side of the Earth can see it. The eclipse will begin at around 9:23pm (local time) partially and move to a total phase at 10:22pm, according to NASA’s eclipse predictions. The total phase will end at 00:03 while the partial stage will come to an end at 1:02am. The total eclipse will be at its peak at 11:13pm. In the totality phase of the eclipse, the moon will appear to darken and turn a deep red before eventually returning to normal. This is because of the filtering and refracting effect of light in the Earth’s atmosphere, without which the Moon would appear completely dark during a total eclipse. The Moon takes on a range of colours from dark brown and red to bright orange and yellow in this period. The exact appearance depends on how much dust and clouds are present in the Earth’s atmosphere. Total eclipses tend to be very dark after major volcanic eruptions since these events dump large amounts of volcanic ash into the Earth’s atmosphere. The total lunar eclipse will be seen from the eastern half of Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and Western Australia. While, Europe will miss the initial stages of the eclipse, east Asia, eastern Australia, and New Zealand will miss the last stages, though the total phase will be seen from most of these regions.