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Lunar Eclipse Photos: Pictures Of Total Eclipse Of The Moon From Around The World (PHOTOS, MAP)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 11, 2011

The last total lunar eclipse for almost three years occurred on Saturday, wowing sky watchers on many parts of the globe.

According to the Associated Press, the best views of the lunar eclipse were in the Pacific, Australia and regions of Asia. Viewers in parts of North America were also treated to spectacular views, although no eclipse was visible in South America and parts of Western Africa.

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NASA explains a lunar eclipse:

A lunar eclipse occurs when Earth is directly between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun’s rays and casting a shadow on the moon. As the moon moves deeper and deeper into Earth’s shadow, the moon changes color before your very eyes, turning from gray to an orange or deep shade of red.The moon takes on this new color because sunlight is still able to pass through Earth’s atmosphere and cast a glow on the moon.

According to NASA, the moon was eclipsed for a total of 51 minutes. ABC News reports that this took place at approximately 6 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.

But don’t worry if you weren’t lucky enough to catch a glimpse the celestial phenomenon — we’ve compiled some of the best lunar eclipse pictures from around the world, from the United States to the Middle East to Asia.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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Lunar Eclipse 2011: Year’s First Total Eclipse Of Moon Will Be Unusually Long, Not Visible In North America

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 15, 2011

A series of photos showing a lunar eclipse on March 4, 2007. The first total lunar eclipse of 2011 will be an unusually long one, though not visible to North America.

LOS ANGELES — The year’s first total eclipse of the moon will last an unusually long time, a rare celestial treat for a wide swath of the globe.

Except if you’re in the United States and Canada. North America will be left out of Wednesday’s lunar spectacle, which will be visible from start to finish from eastern Africa, central Asia, the Middle East and western Australia – weather permitting.

The period when Earth’s shadow completely blocks the moon – known as totality – will last a whopping 1 hour and 40 minutes. The last time the moon was covered for this long was in July 2000, when it lasted 7 minutes longer than that.

The full moon normally glows from reflected sunlight. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon glides through the long shadow cast by the Earth and is blocked from the sunlight that illuminates it.

As the moon plunges deeper into the Earth’s shadow, the disk will appear to gradually change color, turning from silver to orange or red. This is because some indirect sunlight still reaches the moon after passing through the Earth’s atmosphere, which scatters blue light. Only red light strikes the moon, giving it an eerie crimson hue. Read the rest of this entry »

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