June 2011 Total Lunar Eclipse

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that the total lunar eclipse will begin on June 16, 2011, Thursday at 1:23 a.m. and will end at 7:02 a.m Thursday (Manila Time).

Photo Taken June 15, 2011 at exactly 8:41 P.M.

While I’m not sure about staying up late for the astronomical lunar eclipse treat, I gathered I might as well take photos of the huge moon while sky is clear and I’m still up. Per Wikipedia, this is the first of two total such eclipses in 2011, the second occurring on December 10,2011. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_2011_lunar_eclipse)

Photo Taken at exactly 9:17 P.M.

It is said that the June 15 total lunar eclipse will be visible to observers in Europe, Africa, southern Asia, and Australia. Tagged as the second darkest total lunar eclipse. The darkest being, that of on July 16, 2000.

The lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the earth’s shadow and can only happen at full moon. One of the major differences between a lunar and solar eclipse is that a lunar eclipse can be viewed from across the entire night side of the earth (depending on the weather). (Source: http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar-eclipse-june-15-2011.html)

Photo Taken at exactly 10:30P.M.

As a homeschooling family, this is something that we can further discuss in our Science class.  My little guy and I have been reading through lunar eclipses, given this upcoming phenomenon. Now that we don’t usually stay up late as much, we figured we might just search the internet for the actual image of the June 2011 lunar eclipse tomorrow.

June 2011 Total Lunar Eclipse by Ethan Vincent Photography

June 2011 Total Lunar Eclipse

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