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1969-2019 - 50th Anniversary Year

lunar eclipse Jan 21st 2019 by Jim Vincent

Imaged on January 21st 2019, from my back garden in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex UK.

Williams optics 102GT APO refactor at 690 mm focal length.

Paramount ME II ,Canon 350D, 3 second exposure.

Jim Says "i was very lucky with the weather, the clouds parted at the beginning of the eclipse an came back at the end."

You can see more of Jim Vincent's pictures on his web site by going to our links page.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into the earths shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are exactly or very closely aligned. A lunar eclipse can occur only on the night of a full moon.

During a total lunar eclipse, The Earth completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the Moon. The only light reflected from the lunar surface has been refracted by Earth's atmosphere, this light appears reddish for the same reason that a sunset or sunrise does: the scattering of bluer light. Due to this reddish color, a totally eclipsed Moon is sometimes called a blood moon.

A lunar eclipse may be viewed from anywhere on the night side of Earth. A total lunar eclipse can last up to nearly 2 hours.