Moon - Towards Full Lunar Eclipse
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|This is approaching half way towards tonight's total lunar eclipse. The earth's shadow crept upwards until just a dull orange moon remained.|
Setting was ISO 400, 1/125 & F11. Handheld resting in hard surface. Would have liked a tripod for this.
The WS shows how the full moon looked just 30 minutes before the eclipse began.
The Apollo program brought back 381.7 kg (841.5 lb) of lunar surface material, most of which is stored at the Lunar Receiving Laboratory in Houston, Texas. These rocks have proved to be invaluable in deciphering the geologic evolution of the Moon. Lunar rocks are in large part made of the same common rock forming minerals as found on Earth, such as Olivine, Pyroxene, and Plagioclase Feldspar (Anorthosite). The mineral ilmenite is highly abundant in some mare basalts, and a new mineral named Armalcolite (named for Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins, the three members of the Apollo 11 crew) was first discovered in the lunar samples.
The maria are composed predominantly of basalt, whereas the highland regions are iron-poor and composed primarily of anorthosite, a rock composed primarily of calcium-rich plagioclase feldspar. Another significant component of the crust are the igneous Mg-suite rocks, such as the troctolites, norites, and KREEP-basalts. These rocks are believed to be genetically related to the petrogenesis of KREEP.
Composite rocks on the lunar surface often appear in the form of breccias. Of these, the subcategories are called fragmental, granulitic, and impact-melt breccias, depending on how they were formed. The mafic impact melt breccias, which are typified by the low-K Fra Mauro composition, have a higher proportion of iron and magnesium than typical upper crust anorthositic rocks, as well as higher abundances of KREEP. Wikipedia.
Snippets from News.com.au
The eclipse started at 6.51pm with the Earth shadow blocking light travelling from the sun to the moon's surface and it will remain full until 9.23pm.
While the eclipse is full the moon appears blood red because only the red component of sunlight is diffracted around the Earth onto its surface.
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A nice image of the the moon going through the phase of the eclipse, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.
- [2007-08-28 4:12]
Good post, it's always interesting to see the Earths shadow falling across the moon. We had one here recently but it cloudy as usual so i didn't see it.
thanks for sharing
Your number two of the eclipse photos. You guys are so lucky to see one. I would love to capture one for myself. You did really well considering this was a handheld shot. Exposure and details look very good.
Hello Murray! Excellent shot. Regards!
Hi over the creek, wonderful shot. Clarity is great, well detailed.
- [2007-08-28 15:34]
Hello Murray, good capture of the desappearing moon ! It would have been nice to see the redish color of the dark part too. Thanks !
- [2007-08-29 1:08]
I feel like I am almost at the moon with this one.
I can see you've been really enjoying photographing the moon on the Southern hemisphere lately!
This is one of the better, no doubt...
Good details and a well composed presentation!
Hi Murray, losplendid moon with wonderful details, excellent exposure, very well done, ciao Silvio