Total Lunar Eclipse of January 31, 2018

March 30, 2018


Photographer: Petr Horálek
Summary Author: Petr Horálek 

Shown above is Lamai Beach on Ko Samui Island, Thailand, where a few amazed people were gazing at the supermoon (also a blue moon) of January 31, 2018, as it was beginning to turn a deep red. At the bottom of this image, the partially eclipsed Moon first appeared above slowly dissipating clouds. When totally eclipsed, the normally bright, full Moon was instead a faint orange-red ghost, floating across a much darker sky. When totality ended, more colors appeared in the form of a lunar corona, but this time the colorization was attributed to cloud droplets and diffraction of moonlight and not to the eclipse itself.

Take a look at tomorrow night's full Moon, which is also a blue moon. Later in the year, on the night of July 27, another total lunar eclipse will occur, visible from parts of South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia. Totality during this eclipse will be the longest of any such eclipse in the 21st century. Photo taken on January 31, 2018.

Photo Details: Canon 6D camera; Sigma 24mm Art lens; f2.8; ISO 200; varied exposures for the eclipse and foreground.