Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Eclipsed Moonlight
Posted on 06/21/2011 2:58:39 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: A celestial prelude to today's solstice, the June 15 total lunar eclipse was one of the longest in recent years. It was also one of the darkest, but not completely dark. Even during totality, a somber, red lunar disk could be seen in the starry night sky, reflecting reddened light falling on to its surface. Seen from a lunar perspective, the ruddy illumination is from all the sunsets and sunrises around the edges of a silhouetted Earth. In this sharp portrait of the eclipsed Moon from Granada, Spain, the Moon's edge reflects a bluish tinge as well as it emerges from Earth's umbral shadow. The bluer light is still filtered through Earth's atmosphere, but originates in rays of sunlight passing through layers high in the upper stratosphere. That light is colored by ozone that absorbs red light and transmits bluer hues.
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[Credit & Copyright: Javier Algarra]
Patriot moon: red, white, and blue, sorta. How nice that NASA has provided photos of the lunar eclipse to us in the “this-eclipse-challenged” area of the world.
I’m happy to see it, and thanks for posting.
Not to worry, we have another one coming up in December that we can see.
Dec 10th 2011. Left coast folks mostly. We rightist will see just the beginning.
Thank you for that info, Mr. Librarian. That’s a slightly early birthday present for me. ;-)
Please add me to your ping list. The images you post are breath-taking!