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Astronomy Picture of the Day - 2008 February 22 - Eclipsed Moonlight


Science & Tech  (tags: astronomy, lunar eclipse )

Blue
- 2431 days ago - antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov
Moon watchers blessed with clear skies over the Americas, Europe, Africa and western Asia enjoyed a total lunar eclipse this week



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Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday February 21, 2008, 10:05 pm
Moon watchers blessed with clear skies over the Americas, Europe, Africa and western Asia enjoyed a total lunar eclipse this week. Catching eclipsed moonlight, astroimager Jerry Lodriguss offers this view of the inspiring celestial event with the shadowed Moon accompanied by wandering planet Saturn at the left, and bright Regulus, alpha star of the constellation Leo, above. The engaging composite picture was made by combining a filtered, telephoto image of the Moon and surrounding starfield with a telescopic exposure. The combination dramatizes the reddened moonlight while clearly showing the variation of brightness and color in Earth's not-so-dark shadow across the lunar surface.
 
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