Cosmic Spectacle: Photos and Video Of The Lunar Eclipse From Around The Globe

We gave you the complete guide and gave you the entire deal on Google’s lunar eclipse doodle in anticipation of the unusually long cosmic spectacle. Now we give you the aftermath of the event: spectacular photos from around the world compiled here. Sit back, relax and simply enjoy the stunning photos of the longest total lunar eclipse in 11 years. Make sure you check out the outstanding time lapse video before leaving.

Kick Off

Show starts off at Belgrade. Photo by Ivan Milutinovic. (Credit to Reuters)
A stunning image captured by S S Mirza, a skywatcher, of the moon over Multan. (credits: S S Mirza/AFI/Getty Images)
The Colosseum at Rome gets grander. The event was nearing totality when this was clicked by Alessandro Bianchi. (Credits: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)

Almost There

Remember that we told you that the eclipsed moon over the horizon is itself a grand spectacle? Here it is at Moscow! Snapped up by Maxim Shepenkov (Credits: Maxim Shepenkov/EPA)
This one was captured over Johannesburg, South Africa by skywatcher Derek Keats. (Courtesy: Derek Keats,

The Blood Red Moon and Totality

The volcano on Cagraray Island in Albay, Philippines, spews smoke as the moon turns blood red in the background. Captured by skywatcher David Matthews. (Credits: David Matthews)
It's Belgrade again. (Central Europe got the lion's share). Shot by Marko Drobnjakovic over Belgrade. (Credits: Marko Drobnjakovic/AP)
The supreme spectacle! This was seen and captured by Leonard E. Mercer over Malta. The volcanic eruption in Chile might have something to do with the saturated red color as well. (Credits: Leonard Mercer)
The city of Zagreb, Croatia glows under the reddish light of the moon. Clicked by Phillip, a local skywatcher. (Credits: Phillip)

There it was  – the lunar eclipse as seen from various parts of the world. Europe and the Middle East got the lion’s share of the spectacle, getting both clear skies and brilliant views. People in the Indian subcontinent were disappointed as most of India was under cloud cover.

Google's doodle

Google’s coverage, however, brought the experience home. They tied up with SLOOH and provided live seamless coverage of the eclipse. Of course, the doodle itself was quite a sight.


Here’s the mosaic picture to wrap up every photo gallery. The series was shot by photographer and skywatcher Nabil Mounzer over Beirut.

Shot over Beirut, this shows the full duration of the eclipse as a series of time-lapse images. (Credits: Nabil Mounzer)

Remember that this was just one of the two eclipses this year. The next one – due on 10th December 2011 – will be visible from North America as well, who missed out on this one. However, it won’t be as spectacular. Keep your eye out on this space for that.

Before you leave, let’s treat you to this magical video uploaded on by SensyProject showing the lunar eclipse from the beginning to the end in a series of time lapse photos. It’s magical. (Tip: Watch it at 720p or 1080p, if you have a fast net connection.)

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Debjyoti Bardhan

Is a science geek, currently pursuing some sort of a degree (called a PhD) in Physics at TIFR, Mumbai. An enthusiastic but useless amateur photographer, his most favourite activity is simply lazing around. He is interested in all things interesting and scientific.