Stunning Images From Across The World Of The Total Lunar Eclipse, December 2011

Every cosmic spectacle presents some stunning images and yesterday’s Lunar Eclipse was no different. Many people in the Indian sub-continent were left satisfied this time around, after the June eclipse (awesome pics here) was obscured by heavy cloud cover, leaving eclipse enthusiasts disheartened. We bring to you few photos from around the world.

Show Starter!

Here is one of the earliest photos, circulated by Reuters, which shows the earliest phases of the eclipse.

The show starts off! (Courtesy: Reuters)

Blood Red and Brilliant

Here’s a brilliant one taken by David Prosper. This is just one of the many he took from his backyard in Oakland, California.

Taken by David Prosper from his backyard in Oakland, California. (Courtesy: David Prosper)

Here’s a close-up of the moon, by now just an orange ghostly image. This one was taken by Charles R. Jones, who is a skywatcher. This is from Phoenix, Arizona.

Photo taken by Charles Jones from Arizona. (Courtesy: Charles Jones)

This next one is an absolute beauty. It was taken at the Turret Arch at Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. The photo is taken from Hungeree, which has a few other gems in their kitty too.

This stunner was taken at Turret Arch at Arches National Park. (Courtesy:

The Final Goodbye and Hello Once again!

This one is by Kendra Lakkees, showing the end of the totality phase of the eclipse.

Nearing the end of the eclipse. Taken by Kendra Lakkees. (Courtesy: Kendra Lakkees)

The last one is the end of the eclipse. Taken by yours truly, from Kolkata, India, this closes the article.

Taken by the author of this article, this one is at the fag end of the eclipse. Location: Kolkata, India.

Hope you enjoyed. The next lunar eclipse is a long time away.

All About The Total Lunar Eclipse On 10th December, 2011

Another Lunar Eclipse is upon us and this one can be seen by more than half the world’s population. In fact this will only be missed by people living in South America. The sight will also be missed by a handful of people in Antarctica. It will be clearest for people living in Central and East Asia. Places like New Zealand will also get a great show, but will miss out on the last bit of the eclipse.

View stunning photos of the eclipse:

Location, Location, Location

As with every eclipse, location is everything.

The Full Eclipse

The full duration of the eclipse will be visible from most of Russia, with the western part missing out on a bit, Kazakhstan, central Asian countries like Mongolia and China, eastern and south-eastern countries like India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Phillippines. All the countries in this region, not mentioned here, will also get a great show. These countries will experience a 51 to 57 minute long eclipse, including the spectacular blood-red moon total eclipse.

Even countries as far east as Australia will get the full eclipse show. New Zealand will be just about unlucky to miss out on the last part of the eclipse. The moon will have set before the penumbral shadow is fully removed. But, as eclipse enthusiasts know, is not such a big miss anyway.

It is worth mentioning that for the Indian sub-continent and south-east Asian countries, this will be the last lunar eclipse till 2018. Try to catch this one!

Partial Eclipse

Partial eclipse will be visible from most of Europe. Eastern Europe will get a longer show than the western part. The eclipse will start from moonrise and Europe will miss out on the initial penumbral phase. All of Europe will be able to see the eclipse totality. The same can be said about Africa.

The United States and Canada will be lucky enough to get almost the entire eclipse. It will also miss the initial penumbra. Alaska will the unlucky US state to be missing out.

The Important Timings

Here’s the list of the major times:

  • The penumbral phase (P1) begins from 11:33 GMT (or 05:33 EST or 17:03 IST).
  • The penumbral eclipse (U1) begins from 12: 45 GMT (06:45 EST or 18:15 IST)
  • Total eclipse (U2) begins from 14:06 GMT (08:06 EST or 19:36 IST)
  • Greatest eclipse occurs at 14:31 GMT (08:31 EST or 20:01 IST)
  • Total eclipse (U3) ends at 14:57 GMT (08:57 EST or 20:27 IST)
  • Partial eclipse ends (U4) at 16:17 GMT (10:17 EST or 21:47 IST)
  • Penumbral phase (P2) ends at 17:30 GMT ( 11:00 EST or 23:00 IST)

Here’s a small graphic summarizing the times. It also shows whether you’ll be able to see the eclipse or not, depending on where you are in the world.

The various stages of the eclipse.
Location summary

The Red Moon

So there it is that’s all you need to know for the upcoming eclipse. We’ve told you everything except for the red moon.

The Blood Red Moon

At totality, the moon will appear red or even deep pink. This is because of the scattering of the little amount of light filtering through even during the eclipse by the dust particles in the atmosphere. The blood red moon is a sight to behold! Do not miss it for the world.

Get some awesome Lunar Eclipse Pics from the June Eclipse this year:

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.)

Google Lunar Eclipse Doodle

Just last week, Google managed to waste millions of user hours by adding one of their most famous ever. The Les Paul Google Doodle allowed users to play their own music through keystrokes. The Les Paul Doodle also got a permanent home like the Google Pacman Doodle.

Google Lunar Eclipse Doodle

Today is this century’s 2nd largest Lunar Eclipse and we have a complete Guide on the Lunar Eclipse out here. However, if you have never seen a Lunar Eclipse in your life, you can do it now playfully with the latest Google Doodle.

The new Google Doodle has a progress meter which shows you how the moon is covered during the Lunar Eclipse. It plays automatically when you load, but you can also drag the progress bar either way to see it minutely.

This is definitely a fun way for people to learn about this natural phenomenon. Go ahead and check out the new Google Lunar Eclipse Doodle at You can also watch the Lunar Eclipse live at

Moon, The Eclipse And Photos: The Complete Guide To The Second Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century

An extremely long lunar eclipse the second longest in history is upon us! On 15th June (and 16th June for some), most of the world will witness the second longest total lunar eclipse this century, short of the absolute record maximum by only three minutes. It’s going to get late into the night; if you have an early train or flight to catch, cancel tickets now!   Here we present you with the all-you-need-to-know guide to the eclipse, along with a few great photos.

Select your location: Views from different places

Choose your location or a nearby one from the ones shortlisted below. See how good your luck is.

  • For North east Russia: You’ll be disappointed if you live here. The beginning of the eclipse will coincide with moonset. In other words, you’ll be able to see the moon dimming down as it goes over the horizon (when the penumbral shadow comes in). When the umbral part hits, the moon will be below the horizon. (For an explanation of the penumbral and umbral regions, scroll down to the end of this section)
    • Verdict: Tough luck! Nothing.
  • For Japan, North-East China, Korea, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Tibet, Eastern Australia and New Zealand: If you stay here, you’ll be lucky enough to witness the eclipse for a good length of time. You can watch the penumbral shadow creeping over and then the umbral shadow dimming the moon an hour afterwards. The moon will be near the horizon and thus, you’ll not be able to see this spectacle for too long! You might see a half-visible moon setting on the horizon, which is a spectacle in itself. (Do click photos!)
    • Verdict: Lucky, but only just.
  • For India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, rest of China, Islands in the Indian Ocean, Australia: You are at the right spot, almost the best in the world. The penumbra will hit at about 11:00 PM to 11:30 PM Indian Standard Time (about 0600 GMT; NASA reports 0623 GMT). The moon will start getting dimmer, while still rising in the sky. The totality (i.e. when the moon is totally eclipsed) will occur at about 2:00 AM, when the moon is right up above your heads in the middle of the sky! You’ll be able to see excellent features of the night sky, which you might have otherwise missed (wait for the next section of this article). Take a trip out of a metro city, if you live in one, and visit the suburbs for the night. Make sure you sling along your Digital SLR you’re going to regret not brining one.
    • Verdict: Great luck! Enjoy.
  • For Eastern Europe, Middle East, UAE, most of Eastern Russia, Egypt and any Island near the eastern coast of Africa, like Madagascar: Folks, you’ve got the best seats in the house. If the skies are clear, you’ll be witness to the spectacle in all its eclectic glory for the longest possible! The eclipse will set in right after moonrise. Totality will be seen when the moon is right overhead, or just about there at about 1:00 AM at night. The eclipse will end a couple of hours before moonset. The European cities of Vienna, Oslo, Paris and Madrid etc. will witness a grand show, but it might be slightly marred by the intense light pollution! Get to a suitably dark place it’ll be worth the effort. All-in-all it should be a great show. Popcorn and digital camera are recommended as accompaniments (along with a blanket, maybe?).
    • Verdict: Cannot get any better than this on Earth or, for that matter, anywhere in the Universe.
  • For most parts of South America (especially the western part) and entire North America: Hate to say this, but you guys are tremendously unlucky on this one. The lunar eclipse will happen with your backs turned to it, literally! The moon will be below the horizon when it happens and you will not be able to see anything! Tough luck.
    • Verdict: Alas! Seats are outside the theatre hall!

Note about Umbra and Penumbra: The shadow cast by the Earth (or by anything provided that the source of light is a large, extended object) consists of two parts the inner darker one, called the Umbra, and the peripheral lighter one, called the Penumbra. The Penumbral portion has diffused light sneaking in, while the Umbral portion is extremely dark.

A graphical guide provided by NASA (Courtesy: NASA)

Here’s a nice map prepared by NASA to help you get going!

What to watch out for and photos:

As the moon fades, stars, which would be otherwise invisible, start becoming visible. The night sky gets transformed! At totality, you should be able to see a great band of light just behind the moon, which is the Milky Way. As the eclipse proceeds, watch how the different stars, especially the Milky Way, fade out of visible existence, dominated by the moon once more.

Tomorrow the moon will cross the constellation of Ophiuchus, lying roughly midway between Scorpio and Sagittarius.

At the darkest, the moon will be slightly visible, a reddish disc glowing with about 10,000 less brightness than normal. Set your camera for a relatively low shutter speed, small f-stops (or, a large aperture), get the best zoom you can afford, set it up on a tripod if you wish and you’re ready to go! Enjoy the photos below clicked on previous occasions.

One of the most spectacular images of the 2010 lunar eclipse (Color has been slightly enhanced.) (Photo courtesy: JPL/NASA)

Another click

This image won the public prize for the best lunar eclipse image awarded by JPL. (Photo credits: Keith Burns, JPL/NASA)


For the records, this will be the second longest lunar eclipse this century, lasting for 100 minutes, overshadowed (pun intended!) in duration only by the one on 16th July 2000 by a mere 3 minutes. It will be the third longest ever, the second longest lasting for 101 minutes, just a minute more than the upcoming one!

The next long lunar eclipse will take place on July 27th, 2018. The next lunar eclipse is much closer and is due on December 10th, 2011.

Enjoy the moon getting gulped up! If someone attaches any superstitious non-sense to this event, ignore them. Wish you a happy eclipse watching!

Watch Total Lunar Eclipse December 2010 Online Tonight

A natural phenomenon, Total Lunar Eclipse will be occurring today and will be visible in North America. This is the last Lunar Eclipse of 2010 and you can watch the Lunar Eclipse happening online.

Total Lunar Eclipse

This is the first Lunar Eclipse to occur since 1638 on the winter solstice and will be visible from North America. The total Lunar Eclipse will occur at 1:32 AM EST/10:32 PM PST and will be viewable across North America. The Lunar Eclipse is set to last for three hours and 28 minutes and is will be viewable between 1:33AM EST through 5:01 AM EST.

If you are keen to watch this natural phenomenon where the Earth’s shadow completely hides the moon, you will be able to do it at the official NASA website at

NASA will also be hosting a live web chat with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center with astronomer Mitzi Adams. You can follow that chat here. To keep up with all the news from NASA on this historic Lunar Eclipse, visit this page. You can also view pictures of the Lunar Eclipse at NASA’s official group here.

Have fun and don’t miss this Lunar Eclipse Smile.

Update: Here is a video of the Lunar Eclipses that happened last night. Click here if you can’t see it.

(Image Credit: NASA and

First Lunar Eclipse of 2010 To Occur on June 26

The first Lunar Eclipse of the year will occur on June 26 at 5:55 PM Korean time. Earlier this year the century’s longest Solar Eclipse also occurred and passed through India.

Partial Solar Eclipse

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes behind the earth such that the earth blocks the sun’s rays from striking the moon. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. (cite: Wikipedia)

The Lunar eclipse will start in Korea on Saturday at 5:55PM and end at 11:21 PM, at around 8:38PM 54% of the lunar surface will be overshadowed by Earth.

The eclipse will be visible in Asia, Australia, Antarctica, parts of America and the Pacific Ocean. The eclipse will be visible in India only during the end part and will only be visible from extreme Northeastern parts of India like Assam.

The Partial Solar eclipse/Lunar Eclipse will be followed by a total Solar Eclipse on July 11 this year.