Now updated with more images and video!
It was an event that hasn’t happened in 11 years and won’t happen again until 2018. The total lunar eclipse of June 15, 2011 didn’t disappoint. Take a look at some of the amazing images taken by astrophotographers from around the world — well, the “eastern” side of the world anyway, as the eclipse wasn’t visible in North and South America. Our lead image is a fantastic mosaic taken by Marko Posavec in Koprivnica, Croatia. We have another image by Posavic below, but you can see more of his images via his Twitter account.
The redness of the Moon during the eclipse was perhaps enhanced by the major volcanic eruption in Chile which has polluted the stratosphere with a haze, making the eclipse appear dark red. This image was taken by Leonard Mercer in Malta. You can see more of his images at his website.
Here’s a nice shot of the eclipsed Moon in Pisa, Italy, sent via Twitter from @UgoRom.
Here’s two skywatching events at once: and ISS flyby along with the eclipse, taken by Marko Posavec in Croatia.
Daniel Fischer from Germany, who writes the Cosmos4U blog and Skyweek German blog, took this image and said, “against all odds skies cleared *and* the geometry was better than expected about 10 minutes after totality. This is when this picture was taken, the reddish (outer) umbra still very evident.” You can read his recap of the eclipse here.
Julie Grise from Adelaide in South Australia said “It clouded out here for totality – but between the clouds I managed a few images.”
Here’s a video from Nahum Chazarra, sent via Twitter taken from el Llano de la Perdiz, in Granada, Spain:
The two images above are from Janet Pontin from Vientiane, Lao PDR in southeast Asia, who wrote to say, “We were very pleased that the thick clouds that had been sitting all evening cleared away, mostly, as the eclipse went underway. Complete view was from around 2.30 to 3am our time.”
Longtime UT reader Gadi Eidelheit from Israel took this image and said, “We had over 600 parents and children at the school where I did the observation.” A picture of Gadi and part of the group is below. He said the IAA (Israel Astronomy Association) volunteers operated about 30 observation places, and the eclipse was covered in all major papers, TV networks and news sites.”
This beautiful panorama was taken near Ankara, Turkey and sent in by M. Rasid Tugral.
This image from Switzerland was sent in by Alistair Scott, author of The Greatest Guide to Photography.
The two images above were sent in by Saeed Amiri Hadi Emami in Tehran, Iran, who took them with Canon SX210 camera.
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Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today’s Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT’s Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is the author of the new book “Incredible Stories from Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos.” She is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.