Moon Over Malaga – Two Weeks Until the Eclipse

By: Alan Dyer

Oct 18 2013

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Category: Nightscape, Solar System


Focal Length:21mm
Shutter:1/5 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 60D

On the night of a penumbral eclipse, the Full Moon shines over the harbour on the Mediterranean at Malaga, Spain.

This was the view earlier tonight of the Full Moon from Spain, on the night of a partial penumbral eclipse.

The eclipse had not yet begun when I took this shot in the early evening. But even at mid eclipse at 1 a.m. local time, any darkening from the penumbral shadow would be very tough to photograph with anything but a very long telephoto or telescope, which I don’t have with me on this trip.

The penumbral eclipse of the Moon tonight is the complement of the total eclipse of the Sun in two weeks time. Lunar and solar eclipses usually occur in pairs. It is the total solar eclipse on November 3, half a lunar cycle from now, that is the attraction.

To see it, we leave Spain tomorrow and set sail across the Atlantic – not in this century-old German sailing ship, the Eye of the Wind – but in a modern ship the Star Flyer.

– Alan, October 18, 2013 / © 2013 Alan Dyer

6 comments on “Moon Over Malaga – Two Weeks Until the Eclipse”

  1. Lovely photo, Alan. Malaga is such a lovely city, isn’t it? 🙂

  2. Allan, I’d love to buy a print of this.

  3. Fantastic photo Alan!!!

  4. Thanks for every photo, Alan. I am more of a land traveller but your descriptions make your pictures (and the astronomy, of course) so very interesting. Have a safe trip on the Atlantic. Looking forward to reading more about it.

  5. Really nice!

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