TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE
On May 15/16 a total lunar eclipse took place. Although it could be observerd from
a large from a large part of the western hemisphere many observers in the US experienced
clouds. In The netherlands Astronet and
Copernicus Public Observatory in cooperation with the Dutch educational website
Kennislink ("Knowledge Link") organised a
live webcast of the event. The sky was clear but soon after totatity began the Moon
was too low above the horizon. In Belgium Mira Public
Observatory experienced the same clear sky to capture images with their webcam.
MAY 15/16, 2003
Henk Bril sent the following pictures of the eclipse. He used a Sony DSC-F707 digital camera,
at 100 ISO. Bril reprts that soon after totality began twilight was becoming so stark
that the moon became invisible. The lights at the horizon are from the town of Sittard.
1/8 sec at f 2,4 , 10x zoom.
1 sec at f 2,4, 5x zoom.
½ sec at f 2,4, 5x zoom.
Mira Public Observatory at Grimbergen, Belgium,
took the following image of totality before twilight took over.
Mira Public Observatory
Mira Public Observatory also made a DivX animation of the lunar eclipse.
Rijk-Jan Koppejan made the following mosaic of the lunar
eclipse. Members of the Philippus Lansbergen Public
Observatory in Middelburg (The Netherlands) went to Westkapelle whre Rijk-Jan Kopejan lives
to observe the total lunar eclipse. The moon was setting, so they only could see the first
part of the eclipse. Koppejan and hsi fellow observers had fine views over the sea, and
about 20 visitors came to this beautiful spot to enjoy the eclipse.
Fred Naberman from Groningen, The Netherlands, took this shot of the partial phases with his
NASA astronaut Ed Lu, the flight engineer and science officer living aboard the
International Space Station (ISS), snapped this digital image near the time of totality.
Guillermo Oyhenhart of La Arena newspaper
took these stunning pictures while traveling through the Pampas of Argentina searching for
James W. Young of JPL's Table Mountain Observatory, California, USA, used the 10-inch
f/5 Parks reflector and a Minolta Dimage 7Hi digital camera with a 20 second exposure to
capture totality. More of Jim Young's fabulous pictures can be viewed at his Astronomy Photograph Gallery.
James W. Young
Bob Sandy of Roanoke County, Virginia, USA,
concentrated on the occultation of the star HR 5762 in Libra during the lunar eclipse.
The six images were taken with a 400mm lens and a Canon D60 digital camera. Click on the
image to follow the occultation! More pictures taken by Bob Sandy of the Sun, Moon, eclipses,
planets and stars can be admired on his Astrophotos page.
Steve Rismiller of Milford, Ohio, USA, took this image
of the eclipsed Moon and the star just about to be covered up. Photo details: 102 ED Vixen
refractor, 32mm eyepiece, a Nikon 995 digital camera at ISO 400 and a 4 second exposure.
Steve Rismiller is a keen photographer of Sun and Moon and celestial phenonomena. Check out
his Starfield Observatory.
SpaceWeather.com has a very nice
Lunar Eclipse Gallery.
Astronet also welcomes your images to be included on this page!
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Full Moon passes through the Earth's shadow.
The Moon encounters the penumbra, the Earth's outermost shadow zone, at 1:05 Universal
Time (UT). About thirty minutes later a slight dusky shading can be noticed on the
leading edge of the Moon.
At 2:02 UT the Moon begins its entry into the innermost shadow zone, or umbra.
For an hour a circular shadow creeps across the Moon's face. At 3:14 UT, the Moon
will lie completely within Earth's dark shadow. It will then take on an eerie coppery
tint that has often ben compared with blood.
During a total eclipse the Moon
shines with a orange reddish glow.
Without Earth's atmosphere, the Moon would disappear completely once immersed in
the umbra. Longer wavelengths of light penetrate Earth's atmosphere better than
shorter wavelengths, which is why the rising or setting sun looks reddish. In
essence, the ruddy tint of a totally eclipsed moon comes from the ring of
atmosphere around Earth's limb that scatters a sunset-like glow into the umbra.
The hue actually changes from one eclipse to another, ranging from a bright coppery
orange to brownish. The Moon may darken so much that it becomes all but invisible
to the unaided eye. These very dark lunar eclipses often occur after exceptional
Totality will end at 4:07 UT, when the moon's leading edge exits the umbra.
The moon will leave the umbra completely at 5:18 UT, and the eclipse will end
at 6:15 UT when the moon makes its last contact with the penumbra.
Path of the Moon through Earth's umbral
and penumbral shadows during the Total
Lunar Eclipse of May 15/16, 2003.
Courtesy: Fred Espenak
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