2011’s last total lunar eclipse in PHOTOS

The Dec. 10 total eclipse over the San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. (c) John Harrison Photography

This Saturday, not even the early hours of dawn, nor the chilly, foggy weather discouraged passionate viewers to witness one of the most dazzling sights of the year – a total lunar eclipse which cast much of southern hemisphere in a shroud of delight. It was the last of the year, and in quite a while at the same time – the next similar event will be in 2014.

The moon takes a red glow as it approaches the total eclipse phase. (c) Glenn Moore/Tracy Press

This weekend’s eclipse lasted around 50 minutes, about half the duration of 2011’s other total eclipse, which occurred on June 15th. Although its effect was a bit brief, this weekend’s show more than compensated in looks, as it was much brighter than the previous one. Moreover, to the night watcher’s delight, the whole moon took a pale red glow from sunlight scattering through a thin layer of the earth’s atmosphere.

Skywatcher Charles R. Jones II took this photo of the total lunar eclipse Dec. 10 from Phoenix, Ariz.


A red-shot moon between palms... in Palms Desert, Ca. (c) Jennie Rayner

Total lunar eclipse over Colorado, at 10,000 feet elevation. (c) Joe Wiggins

Photo taken by Charles Jones from Arizona. (Courtesy: Charles Jones)

Griffith Park Observatory, Los Angeles, Calif. (c) Reuters

Sydney Harbor Bridge. (c) Reuters

Rikuzentakata, Japan. (c) Reuters

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