In this photo taken by Kenji Tabata and distributed by Japan’s Kyodo News service, the moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse as seen from Naha, on the Japanese island of Okinawa, early Thursday, June 16, 2011. The total lunar eclipse was also visible in most parts of Asia. (AP/KENJI TABATA VIA KYODO NEWS)
SYDNEY—The longest lunar eclipse in more than a decade turned the moon blood red on Thursday, giving stargazers around the world a rare visual treat.
The first eclipse of the year — when the Earth casts its shadow over the Moon — was seen in parts of Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Often the moon turns brown but this time it became a reddish, coppery-color, tinged by light from the Sun.
The terrestrial shadow started to fall at 1724 GMT and lifted around 2300 GMT, although “totality” — when the lunar face is completely covered — lasted 100 minutes — the longest since July 2000.
While keen astronomers in parts of Australia had to contend with dense cloud cover and rain, others had a clearer view of the spectacle.
Around 130 people watched at the Sydney Observatory, with one woman dressed as a vampire.
“There was (also) a child dressed very elegantly as if she was from another century, and a little boy dressed up as a red superhuman,” Sydney Observatory manager Toner Stevenson told reporters.
Professor Fred Watson, astronomer-in-charge at the Australian Astronomical Observatory, said the best view would have been from the moon itself.
“If you could watch the phenomena, you would see the earth moving across the sun and it creating a brilliant red rim around the earth,” he said.
In Singapore, over 700 people gathered outside a local science center to watch, local daily the Straits Times reported.
Some avid enthusiasts staked out spots more than four hours before the phenomenon occurred with the center organizing astronomy talks and movie screenings to entertain the audience.
There were similar scenes in the Philippine capital Manila where hundreds of amateur and professional astronomers converged before dawn to catch a glimpse.
With blankets and flasks of coffee, the stargazers were treated to clear skies and pleasant weather.
“I will never get tired of watching these events,” said Maximo Sacro, 67, the retired curator of the National Museum Planetarium who dusted off his 300-mm lens to capture the image.
“The moon’s entry into the earth’s shadow was right smack in the middle, it was just perfect. It was very rare and the duration was long.”
The eclipse was widely seen across India with crowds gathered at the country’s leading planetarium in the capital New Delhi.
The Nehru planetarium organized an overnight “moon carnival” to familiarize visitors, setting up special viewing telescopes.
But traditionalists were not as enthusiastic about the planetary changes, with authorities at several Indian temples reportedly shutting their doors to protect them from the supposed “evil effects” of the eclipse.
While the phenomenon could not be seen everywhere in the world, including the United States, space lovers still got a chance to see it unfold with Google teaming up with Slooh.com.
Slooh accesses telescopes around the world and Google live streamed the event, including audio narrations from astronomers.
There will be partial solar eclipses on July 1 and November 25, but the next total solar eclipse will not take place until Nov. 13, 2012.
It will run in a track across North Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and southerly South America.
An eclipse that was visible in the skies of South America, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe but not North America was the first full eclipse of 2011 and, at 100 minutes, was also the longest lunar eclipse in more than a decade, with a red tint due to exhaust from the erupting volcano in Chile, according to Spaceweather.com.
I really wish I were singing the novelty song at that moment, to make the situation more movie-perfect. There I was, in high spirits, fresh from a good lunch in Serendra, thinking about what a great day I was having. I’m sure the rest of the driving population can relate when I say it all turned around and changed for the worse after I was pulled over for Jesus-knows-what-this-time.
I was apprehended for violating the number coding scheme along McKinley Road, where I thought window hours were implemented. Actually, I was pretty sure I was safe from any tickets because I tweeted at the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), arguably the authority most associated with number coding, to verify it. However, a man in dark blue waved at me and motioned for me to pull over halfway down the road. “Ma’am, coding po kayo.” Huh? Isn’t the window until 3 p.m.? “Kuya, 2:30 palang. Diba may window hanggang 3? Nagtanong ako sa MMDA, may window daw dito.” To which he replied, “Ma’am, hindi po ‘to jurisdiction ng MMDA. Makati po dito.” Damn it.
Love feels no burden,
thinks nothing of trouble,
attempts what is above its strength,
pleads no excuse of impossibility…
It is therefore able to undertake all things,
and it completes many things,
and warrants them to take effect,
where he who does not love would faint and lie down.
Love is watchful and sleeping, slumbereth not.
Though weary, it is not tired;
though pressed, it is not straitened;
though alarmed, it is not confounded…
Juan: anong ulam niyo? Maria: blanvhed green leafy vegie with crushed sweet tomato in sparkling salted sea food. Juan: WOW!!! ang sarap naman nun. Anu yun? Maria: ahmm.. talbos ng kamote at bagoong na may pinigang kamatis. kayo anong ulam niyo? Juan: fish fillet de el’niño. :) Maria: (impressed!) Wow! sosyal huh.. anu naman yun.
“You can’t make the past go away, but you can accept it, move on and let it go. This is the closest you will ever get to making the past disappear. Take it or leave it.”—(via your-beauty-broke-my-heart)