Eclipse of the Moon

Duncan Waldron

Camira, Australia

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On June 26th, 2010, the Moon passed directly between the Earth and the Sun, creating a total Lunar eclipse.

If the Earth had no atmosphere, the Moon would disappear completely, and the shadow of the Earth on the Moon’s surface would have a hard edge, but as it is, the atmosphere diffuses the edge of the shadow, allowing some of the Sun’s light to be dispersed into the shadow. This light, just like the warm glow of sunset, tends to colour the shadowed part of the Moon, which can appear anything from a light orange to a deep coppery red.

The Earth’s shadow is much larger than the Moon, so depending upon how far into the shadow the Moon passes, some eclipses will be darker and more coloured than others. This one was only moderately coloured, but this image is exposed for the uneclipsed portion of the Moon, so the colour doesn’t show up.

Taken at prime (coudé) focus using a 6-inch Zeiss refractor (f.l. 2250 mm), and Canon EF, on ISO 400 colour neg film (not ideal, but through lack of planning, all I had available).

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Image Copyright Duncan Waldron © 2010
This image may not be reproduced without permission
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