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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Total Eclipse of the Moon - 15 June 2011


I know I’m a bit late with this posting, but nevertheless…

The eclipse started at exactly 8:22PM, and we were fortunate enough to have a very clear view of the occurrence from Pretoria-East, South Africa. By 09:00PM the earth’s shadow on the moon was visible as a copper-orange glow, which also enhanced the features on the moon’s surface.


The moon will start recovering at 11:02PM as it moves out of the Earth's shadow, but I don’t think I will still be up by that hour, as it has been an abnormally long and hectic day!

The following info was sourced from the website of the Johannesburg Planetarium:
  • The next lunar eclipse visible from SA is a 2 percent partial eclipse, in April 2013.
  • The next total lunar eclipse visible from SA (in 2015) starts at 3:30am
  • The next total lunar eclipse visible from SA at a civilised hour is in 2018.
A list of future eclipses visible from SA is here.




There will undoubtedly be 100’s of photographs of today’s eclipse splashed on the internet by the time I’ve posted this. The two photographs I’ve posted above were sourced from the gallery of www.astronomical.co.za, where viewers uploaded images almost in real time. I presume by tomorrow their photo gallery will have been updated with plenty more!


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