Friday, September 19, 2008

Sky Watch 10.

It's time again to look to the beauty of the skies for Skywatch Friday!

This week I have chosen to share some photos that I took on the 28th August 2007 during the Total Lunar Eclipse. They are some of my favourites! (Click to enlarge).


The 3 small white spots that you see when you enlarge are not faults - they are stars / planets!


It was such a spectacular event which lasted for about an hour and a half all up. I took this photo with my Olympus SP350 using a telephoto lens converter, a long exposure, and a tripod. You should know that this camera isn't even an SLR! I was very impressed with the results.

What's a Total Lunar Eclipse?

"A Total Lunar Eclipse is when the Moon passes completely into the Earth's umbral shadow, described as "Totality". Total Lunar Eclipses account for the 35% of all lunar eclipse. These are the most spectacular type of Lunar Eclipse, as during totality the moon can take on a range of striking colours. Scattered sunlight passes deep through the Earth's atmopshere which filters out most of the blue light. The remaining light renders the Moon in shades of red, orange, yellow and brown - depending on the amount of dust and volcanic ash in the Earth's atmosphere".

So there you have it!

My mother in law, Cheryle Schwerin, also wanted to join in on the Sky Watch Friday fun, but she doesn't have a blog, so I'm sharing her pic here for her:


This spectacular sunset was photographed by Cheryle out at Hughenden in Central Queensland on a sheep shearing station. This photo is so amazing - it must have been truly sensational to see in real life!

Happy SWF! :)

~Sarah~

18 comments:

Deb said...

The sunset is breathtaking. I love the colors...so rich and deep.

Baruch said...

Spectacular sunset indeed and you have captured it very well. Happy SWF!

Pearl Maple said...

How lucky for you to be witness to mother naure going wild with the paint box of colours.

Thank you for sharing with everyone in Sky Watch Friday, you do post some lovely photos.

bukester said...

Incredible photos-the moon is so lovely

Woody said...

Awesome shots!

Suzanne said...

Both yours and your MIL's photos are true natural beauties.
I love the colour of the moon in the 1st shot.
Happy SWF.

Arija said...

Two blood red moons, does that mean there'l be double murder to night, Macbeth and Julius?
Love your ma in laws pic with the glorious fanning sunrays. Time to enjoy her own blog.

Webradio said...

Hello Sarah !

Good shots !
The sky is very nice...

Debbie said...

Nice lunar shots.

Your mom-in-law captured a perfect sunset perfectly. Give her my compliments.

Dirk said...

Great moon pictures and breathta-king sunset!

Jeanette said...

Oh how incredible! Love the moon and the sunset shots!

angela said...

Beautiful moon shots.You did well to catch them. The sunset is spectacular..

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful moon shot.
Beautiful sunset.
Let´s create a blog for her. Good taken.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

wonderful pictures!

April Ellis said...

Wow, The sky is amazing. I love looking at the sky, here in England the sky is heavy and grey at the moment but its still beautiful. It's great to be able to appreciate the natural beauty that is all around us. Love the blog X April

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

So jealous of the moon shots! Fabulous!
The sunset is beyond description as well! I love sunsets!

Zuzu's Blog said...

o wow.. excelent captures.. I love these! well done to both of you!

Shirley Fyfe said...

Absolutely stunning photos Sarah! The colours are just amazing!