Moon Eclipse June 15, 2011

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About this Image

This eclipse is a relatively rare central lunar eclipse, in which the center point of Earth's shadow passes across the Moon (visible in Europe). 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.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes behind the earth so that the earth blocks the sun's direct rays from striking the moon. The earth's atmosphere absorbs the shorter wavelenghts and so the scattered light is illuminating the Moon in a pale copper-red.


Technical Details


Takahashi FSQ-85 at 450 mm FL

Mount Tripod
Camera Canon 40D modified in raw mode
Filters none
Date June 15, 2011 20h00 UT.
Location Wildon/Austria
Sky Conditions some haze, temperature 18 C
Exposure Combination of 18 exposures 1 sec at ISO 1600 for eclipsed Moon with 1 exposure 2 sec at ISO 800 for the foreground.
Processing Photoshop CS5 and raw converter