Posts Tagged ‘sun’

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?