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By the Light of the Bloody Moon

Posted in astronomy, eclipse, moon, Nature, Photography, Science, sky, space by Curtis on 9/22/07

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Check out Aussie photographer Steve Selbst’s incomparable capture of the moon during last month’s total eclipse (pic links to artist’s page on Flickr).

Steve Selbst - Lunar Eclipse

The eclipse of August 28, 2007 was especially noteworthy because of its unusual length, clocking in at over an hour and a half in the depths of the shadow. It was not visible throughout Europe, Africa, and western Asia; in the Americas we caught it just as the moon was setting and the sun was coming up in the morning, while east Asia and Australia had been treated earlier, at moonrise. No one really got to see this eclipse in full glory, but it was very interesting in its orientation near the horizon, nonetheless.

The next total eclipse of the moon will occur on February 21, 2008. Its totality will last only about 51 minutes, but it will be at least mostly visible to the entirety of the world except east Asia and Australia.

If you caught wind of those ridiculous emails claiming that, on August 27, the planet Mars was going to be so close to Earth as to appear “about the same size as the moon,” et cetera, ad nauseum, take heart—snopes.com has a thorough exposé on the subject. Mars did come unusually close to Earth in August of 2003, but even at such a unique perigee, the red planet still appeared as little more than an auspiciously bright point in the heavens. If you ever do happen to catch a moon-sized Mars in the sky, well . . . it’s probably fair warning to have that last beer for old times’ sake.

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  2. Ann El Khoury said, on 9/23/07 at 8:36 am

    Wow, congratulations on your new theme home! Mabrouk as they say in Arabic.

    The eclipse last month was interesting. I remember watching the start of the eclipse from my back yard, emerging again about an hour later to see the end of it. Those couple of nights the sky was vividly moon-lit and the night felt special somehow.

    Hope you enjoy your Feb stargazing.

  3. Curtis said, on 9/23/07 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you, I will. Glad you got to catch that eclipse . . .here, it happened just before sunrise (and moonset) and so we missed a portion of it. Maybe I can take pictures of the one in February . . .but probably nothing like this. What a beautiful image.


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