A lunar eclipse- as seen from Suzhou (CHINA)
These are the photos taken last night of the total lunar eclipse that was visible on a clear night over the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes behind the Earth so 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. Since yesterday (2011-12-10) we had a full moon, so this enabled the eclipse to occur. The lunar eclipse provided the Moon with a beautiful orange colour. It was my first time I had been able to see a lunar eclipse in LIVE motion, and I felt lucky as the sky was totally clear of any clouds (though this provided freezing weather conditions with a chilly wind- which made it all the more challenging to take a photo at 11pm from the top of my 29th floor building in TianYu (Suzhou SIP)). Even with a tripod it was a challenge to keep the camera still with the wind blowing, but I am happy with the results. The next lunar eclipse will take place on April 15th 2014- and I have no idea where i'll be at that time- but I hope I get another chance to see the beauty of it like I did last night. Gotta love that orange colour!
12/13/2011 01:02:58 am
Your camera did a great job, considering the conditions. That is beautiful, Navjot! I love looking up at the night sky - its vastness and beauty can make us pause in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives and reflect on infinity.
12/13/2011 02:09:09 am
Hi, Yang May, thanks for your nice words, you are right. Indeed, its easy for us (humans) to forget that we are a tiny place in the univserse. ;-) Good to hear from you, and hope you are doing well.
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