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! :)