On Wednesday night, 15 June 2011, people in Africa and Central Asia were treated to a spectacular viewing of a total Lunar eclipse. In South Africa the Earth’s shadow started moving across the moon at 20h22, and the moon was completely eclipsed from 21h22 until just after 23h00.
This was the perfect opportunity for the maiden voyage of my new 70 – 200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Canon lens!
In order to capture the detail on the surface of the moon, I shot on Manual 1/100th sec f/8 at 100 ISO. Once the moon was eclipsed and in shadow, I increased the shutter speed to 2 seconds.
Since Johannesburg is freezing cold, I only photographed until total eclipse, and then thawed off in front of the heater!
What exactly is a Lunar eclipse?
For a lunar eclipse to occur the moon, earth and sun all have to be completely aligned (or very closely so), with the earth in the middle.
The earth blocks the sun’s rays from reaching the moon as the sun passes behind our planet, resulting in a red glowing moon. Interestingly enough, the moon will always be full during a lunar eclipse.