APOD: A Total Lunar Eclipse Over Tajikistan (2011 Jul 11)

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APOD: A Total Lunar Eclipse Over Tajikistan (2011 Jul 11)

Postby APOD Robot » Mon Jul 11, 2011 4:05 am

Image A Total Lunar Eclipse Over Tajikistan

Explanation: If the full Moon suddenly faded, what would you see? The answer during the total lunar eclipse last month was recorded in a dramatic time lapse video from Tajikistan. During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth moves between the Moon and the Sun, causing the moon to fade dramatically. The Moon never gets completely dark, though, since the Earth's atmosphere refracts some light. As the above video begins, the scene may appear to be daytime and sunlit, but actually it is a nighttime and lit by the glow of the full Moon. As the moon becomes eclipsed and fades, the wind dies down and background stars can be seen reflected in foreground lake. Most spectacularly, the sky surrounding the eclipsed moon suddenly appears to be full of stars and highlighted by the busy plane of our Milky Way Galaxy. The sequence repeats with a closer view, and the final image shows the placement of the eclipsed Moon near the Eagle, Swan, Trifid, and Lagoon nebulas. Nearly two hours after the eclipse started, the moon emerges from the Earth's shadow and its bright full glare again dominates the sky.

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Re: APOD: A Total Lunar Eclipse Over Tajikistan (2011 Jul 11

Postby Indigo_Sunrise » Mon Jul 11, 2011 10:37 am

I love eclipse time-lapse videos, and this one is alright in my book!

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Re: APOD: A Total Lunar Eclipse Over Tajikistan (2011 Jul 11

Postby moonstruck » Mon Jul 11, 2011 1:36 pm

Very nicely done.

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Re: APOD: A Total Lunar Eclipse Over Tajikistan (2011 Jul 11

Postby orin stepanek » Mon Jul 11, 2011 1:56 pm

This little kitten is protected from the glare! :mrgreen:


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Re: APOD: A Total Lunar Eclipse Over Tajikistan (2011 Jul 11

Postby carlsjr » Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:27 pm

"the Earth moves between the Moon and the Sun" OOPS! I think someone meant to say "the Moon moves into Earth's shadow"

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Re: APOD: A Total Lunar Eclipse Over Tajikistan (2011 Jul 11

Postby orin stepanek » Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:35 pm

carlsjr wrote:"the Earth moves between the Moon and the Sun" OOPS! I think someone meant to say "the Moon moves into Earth's shadow"

Basically the same thing!
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Re: APOD: A Total Lunar Eclipse Over Tajikistan (2011 Jul 11

Postby Axel » Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:22 pm

Technical question about APOD and Vimeo: around 3 a.m. EDT I went to APOD, clicked on the Vimeo start arrow, and waited. The music came on but the screen remained black. Went back around 11:15 a.m. EDT and this time music and image were both fine. Was there a glitch that was repaired between those times?

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Re: APOD: A Total Lunar Eclipse Over Tajikistan (2011 Jul 11

Postby owlice » Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:29 pm

The vimeo worked fine for me just past midnight EDT.
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Re: APOD: A Total Lunar Eclipse Over Tajikistan (2011 Jul 11

Postby Wolf kotenberg » Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:57 pm

I witnessed the total solar eclipse at Goldendale, Wa but could not remember the date, so I googled it. I found a few Mitsubishi Eclipses for sale at a car dealer at Goldendale, Washington. I need an ice cold one !

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Re: APOD: A Total Lunar Eclipse Over Tajikistan (2011 Jul 11

Postby Ann » Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:15 pm

It's a very interesting vimeo, and it reminds us of how bright the full Moon is, and how dark it gets when the Moon is down, or when it is eclipsed.

I very much enjoyed seeing the crisp clear stars of Scorpius appear as the Moon was eclipsed. Great star colors! Of course the sudden appearance of the Milky Way was very dramatic, too.

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Re: APOD: A Total Lunar Eclipse Over Tajikistan (2011 Jul 11

Postby BMAONE23 » Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:18 pm

For the VIMEO impaired
Click to play embedded YouTube video.

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Re: APOD: A Total Lunar Eclipse Over Tajikistan (2011 Jul 11

Postby saturn2 » Mon Jul 11, 2011 10:40 pm

The total lunar eclipse is a little frequent phenomenon.
The Earth casts a shadow on the Moon.

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Re: APOD: A Total Lunar Eclipse Over Tajikistan (2011 Jul 11

Postby NoelC » Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:14 am

Beautiful work.

I especially like how it illustrates the vast brightness difference between the sunlit moon and the eclipsed moon.

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Re: APOD: A Total Lunar Eclipse Over Tajikistan (2011 Jul 11

Postby imt » Sun Jul 17, 2011 5:47 am

Exquisite video. I wonder if a similar thing could be done for a total solar eclipse? Would the sky still be too bright from scattered light to show any stars? I guess I can just imagine that the moon is our own sun crossing the milky way. The appearance would probably be similar.


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