The Subtle Shading of a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

By: Alan Dyer

Oct 18 2013

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Category: Eclipses & Transits, Solar System

2 Comments

Aperture:f/6.3
Focal Length:200mm
ISO:100
Shutter:1/320 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 60D

This is about as subtle as an eclipse can be – a partial penumbral eclipse of the Moon.

I was perfectly positioned to see this eclipse, such as it was. At mid-eclipse when I took this image, the Moon was due south and as high in the sky as it was going to get for the night.

My location was the hotel poolside bar and rooftop patio 10 floors up overlooking the harbour in Malaga, Spain.

Can you see the effect of the eclipse? Barely, perhaps. The Full Moon travelled through the top of the Earth’s penumbral shadow, creating a slight darkening of the lower portion of the Moon. I’ve boosted contrast a lot in processing yet the effect is still barely perceptible.

No matter. With luck, in two weeks time we’ll experience just the opposite – the most spectacular eclipse the sky has to offer, a total eclipse of the Sun.

We set sail tomorrow.

– Alan, October 19, 2013 / © 2013 Alan Dyer

 

2 comments on “The Subtle Shading of a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse”

  1. Awesome!

  2. Reblogged this on Just To Inspire You and commented:
    Stunning!


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