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Post by Paulie pchris00 on Jun 16, 2011 9:47:09 GMT -6
I have never properly seen an eclipse, having been thwarted by snow for the last two total eclipses here. I saw part of the 2007 eclipse, but we were having my ex-girlfriend's birthday party that night, and I hadn't fully caught the astronomy bug yet. During Game 4 of the 2004 World Series, I went out a few times to catch the lunar eclipse between innings, but was more concerned about the Red Sox winning the game than astronomy.
Slooh had better coverage yesterday than for the eclipse last December.
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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jun 17, 2011 22:35:03 GMT -6
Planet of the Goats Lunar Eclipse
Explanation: Thunderstorms almost spoiled this view of the spectacular June 15 total lunar eclipse. Instead, storm clouds parted for 10 minutes during the total eclipse phase and lightning bolts contributed to the dramatic sky. Captured with a 30 second exposure the scene also inspired what, in the 16 year history of Astronomy Picture of the Day, the editor considers may be the best title yet for a picture (title credit to Chris K.). Of course, the lightning reference clearly makes sense, and the shadow play of the dark lunar eclipse was widely viewed across planet Earth in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The picture itself, however, was shot from the Greek Ikaria island at Pezi. That area is known as "the planet of the goats" because of the rough terrain and strange looking rocks.
One of the coolest eclipse shots I have ever seen... ;D
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