Skip to content

Chasing The Solstice Lunar Eclipse

A rare solstice lunar eclipse coincided this morning with the Winter solstice of the sun for the first time since 1683, or so someone from NASA reportedly said (according to thereandbackagainalaska.wordpress.com). The eclipse could potentially be seen in Spain, according to NASA. When I took the photo (top) of the full moon last night, the eclipse had not occurred yet, but, there were hardly any clouds. Earlier this morning when the eclipse had started to form at around 06h30, there were considerable cloud formations and the eclipse could not be seen, here in Mallorca, nor during the next two hours. No decent photograph could have been taken. There ought to have been better visibility in the Canary Islands. Even though the eclipse was a total one, the moon would have been seen in a reddish colour refracted on our satellite by the Sun.

From the chart (below), one can see that the unusual phenomenon could best be watched in the USA and there, on the West Coast. Weather permitting, the eclipse could also be seen in the British Isles, especially in the western parts and in Ireland.

P. S.: A day after the lunar eclipse I found a beautiful video of the event on YouTube which I am happy to share with you. The duration of the special occurrance of 4.5 hours is shortened here to a minute and thirty seconds. Credits and thanks go to YouTube, KxbTV and Kareem Brown. Thank you very much.

The photo (top) was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: December 20th, 2010. The time was 22:59:04. The photo (centre) was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of El Pais.com and NASA. The photo (centre) was credited to NASA|MR. ECLIPSE|FRED ESPENAK. The chart (bottom) was also borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of skyandtelescope.com.

Muchas gracias

and thank you very much.

2 replies »

  1. I was just about to take a photo this morning here in Ireland but, a big cloud interfered.
    Wouldn’t mind being in Felanitx right now having a little ‘cervesa’ in one those nice little bars in the ‘plaza’.
    Feliz Navidad!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

December 2010
S M T W T F S
« Nov   Jan »
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031  

Stats

  • 1,360,790 visits

Copyright

Copyright © November Press 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to November Press and Mallorca Daily Photo Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Copyleft ©© Klaus Fabricius 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

%d bloggers like this: