Eclipse of the Moon is widely seen

Hopefully many of you managed to observe the total eclipse of the Moon this morning or last night depending on where in the world you live.

Lunar eclipseMuch of the UK was covered with cloud after a run of nights when skies had been crystal clear.

Skymania’s Paul Sutherland was observing from Broadstairs in South-East England, where Moon was veiled by thin cloud up to a few minutes before totality when thicker cloud completely obscured the view.

The photo shown here, as the Moon was about to become completely immersed in the Earth’s shadow, was taken at 02.50 UT, using a Canon EOS 300D camera attached at prime focus to a Sky-Watcher 80mm f5 refractor. It was a one-second exposure at ISO 1600.

Conditions were clearly much better in other parts of the world and an especially fine webcast of the eclipse was provided by the “Friends of Astronomy” society in Argentina.

How was the eclipse for you? Do post a comment to let us know!

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Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.
Paul Sutherland

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Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.

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