Lunar Eclipse of February 20, 2008

March 05, 2008

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Photographer: Steve Kluge 
Summary Author: Steve Kluge 

This wide-angle image of the total lunar eclipse of February 2008 was made at 10:24 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) near Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, which is about 50 miles (80 km) north of New York City. The Moon was still completely within Earth's umbra when the photo was taken, though it was not in the deepest portion of the umbra. The reddish light from Earth's sunsets and sunrises is refracted by our atmosphere into the umbra, giving the lunar disk a coppery color. Note that the blue star Regulus is visible near the top center of the image and Saturn is at the lower left. Click on photo for a larger view.