Encore - Lightning and Lunar Eclipse

November 05, 2016


Today and every Saturday Earth Science Picture of the Day invites you to rediscover favorites from the past. Saturday posts feature an EPOD that was chosen by viewers like you in our monthly Viewers' Choice polls. Join us as we look back at these intriguing and captivating images.  

Photographer: Chris Kotsiopoulos
Summary Authors: Chris Kotsiopoulos; Jim Foster

August 2011 Earth Science Picture of the Day Viewer's ChoiceThe photo above shows cloud-to-ground lightning drilling the Aegean Sea from a sky that includes the totally eclipsed Moon. It was taken on the night of June 15, 2011 from Ikaria Island during a thunderstorm. I was very fortunate to see the eclipse at all. After months of planning to photograph the eclipse, I was crestfallen as the thunderstorm developed at just the wrong time. However, for approximately 10 minutes in the middle of totality, and with the storm still active, a small window of clear sky allowed me to detect the shadowed Moon, which appeared a coppery color. It looks more cherry-like in this nearly one half minute exposure.

Photo Details: Canon EOS 550D camera;, 15/6/2011; 23:05 (UT +3); shutter speed of 28 seconds; aperture value of 4.0; ISO 400; f/2.8; Canon EF15mm -- fisheye lens; focal length was 15.0 mm.