June Lunar Eclipse

16th June 2011 - Photo by hubby

The bonus of having a husband who is photography-mad is that when there is a lunar eclipse which requires you to get out of bed at 3:30am to go and take pics of, you can stay in bed to snooze and enjoy the photos when your husband returns at 6am.

This morning there was a stunning lunar eclipse display in the heavens (well, from what I could see from the photos :) ). This eclipse was visible over Europe and South America after sunset, over Africa and most of Asia, and Australia before sunrise. It was the longest lunar eclipse in a decade and lasted over 2 hours.

According to Wikipedia, a lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes behind the earth so that the earth blocks the sun’s rays from striking the moon. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. Hence, a lunar eclipse can only occur the night of a full moon.

Here are hubby’s photos from this morning:

16th June 2011 - Photo by hubby

16th June 2011 - Photo by hubby

16th June 2011 - Photo by hubby

16th June 2011 - Photo by hubby

16th June 2011 - Photo by hubby

16th June 2011 - Photo by hubby

Did anyone else get up to see it?

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8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by James on June 16, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    What great photos. I missed the eclipse because my alarm didnĀ“t do off this morning, or I slept through it. Glad to not miss out though with this post. Thank you. James

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  2. Posted by Pumpkin Pie on June 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I am someone who always checks in on the spud to see whats new, a bit like a stalker as I never leave a comment. There is always something interesting. I had to just say how much I love these photographs. A very talented photographer.

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  3. Posted by amanda on June 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    If we weren’t surrounded by clouds and flooding I may have made the effort. Stayed in bed instead :)

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  4. Posted by Nikki on June 16, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I tried to take photos on my little camera and they aren’t that great. These are beautiful! Very ready for sleep right now since I had to get up so early to get them. Probably should have copied you and stayed in bed and waited for these photos!

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  5. A COMMENT FROM MY FACEBOOK PAGE: Great photos Kirk! I like that you can stay in bed Treens (at that very early hour of the day) and view the amazing photos at a more reasonable (yet still very early) hour of the day. I was also in bed! xo

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