Skywatchers Share Lunar Eclipse Photos, Videos

by Nancy Atkinson on December 10, 2011

A big eclipsed Moon over Indian Peaks in Colorado. Credit: Patrick Cullis

It was the final lunar eclipse of the year, and the last total lunar eclipse event for the western portion of the Americas until 2014, so skywatchers took advantage of clear skies, and many have shared their images and videos with Universe Today. Enjoy the views! For many of the images you can click on them and see larger versions on our Flickr group.

Above is a view in Colorado, taken by Patrick Cullis, showing the Indian Peaks with the eclipsing Moon setting overhead, taken during the lunar eclipse in the early morning hours of December 10, 2011. The Indian Peaks are a series of peaks on the continental divide near Boulder, Colorado. “The Moon set behind the continental divide right before totality, but it was still an awesome sight,” Cullis said.

Below is a video a to-die-for view of the eclipse over the Pacific Ocean.

Paul Miller shared this awesome video, and below is an image he took:

Dec. 10, 2011 lunar eclipse over the Pacific Ocean near San Diego. Credit: Paul Miller

The Dec. 10, 2011 lunar eclipse as seen by Robert Sparks (a.k.a. HalfAstro) in Arizona.

Indian Peaks in Colorado with the eclipsing Moon setting overhead. Credit: Patrick Cullis

The Dec. 10, 2011 eclipse, 4 minutes into totality, as seen from British Columbia, Canada. Credit: Suraky

The totally eclipsed Moon, surrounded by some stars, as seen in Ranikhet, UK, India. Credit: Daniel Fischer.

Another view of the total lunar eclipse in Ranikhet, UK, India. Credit: Daniel Fischer.

San Francisco Bay and the eclipsed Moon on Dec. 10, 2011. Credit: Alok Singhal

A composite image of the Dec. 10, 2011 lunar eclipse as seen from Ankara, Turkey. Credit: M. Rasid Tugral

A spooky-looking eclipsed Moon, as seen in Oakland, California. Credit: Eexelbots

This timelapse is from Steve Knight in Banbury, UK showing the eclipsed Moon moving between cloud banks:

We’ll add more as they become available; in the meantime, check out Universe Today’s Flickr Group for new additions! And if you have some you’d like to see posted on Universe Today, upload yours to the group.


Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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