Astrophotography by Anthony Ayiomamitis

Solar and Lunar Eclipse Image Gallery

Ever since man's first appearance on this planet, eclipses have been regarded as both mystical and devine with some cultures, for example, associating a lunar eclipse with the imminent arrival of death, war and/or famine. Although the distance of the moon and sun from earth vary dramatically (400,000 vs 150,000,000 km, respectively), the apparent size of these two heavenly bodies is such that they give the impression during an eclipse, solar or lunar, to be virtually identical (ie. about 30 arc-minutes in angular size). A total eclipse represents the unique occurrence in space and time where the sun, moon and earth are perfectly alligned as three collinear points on the same orbital plane. When the collinearity is not perfect but one of these three bodies is slightly higher or lower in the plane, we have a partial eclipse. Of course, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon lies perfectly between the sun and the earth, thus eclipsing the solar disk. In contrast, a lunar eclipse occurs when the earth lies between the sun and moon and, thus, the moon is hidden by the earth's shadow.

Note: The image details below left are as of eclipse maximum.


Total Lunar Eclipse: 2004-05-04/05
Stage
P-1
U-1
U-2
Max
U-3
U-4
P-4
Description
Penumbra
(First contact)
Umbra
(First contact)
Umbra Complete
(Start of Totality)
Maximum
Totality
Penumbra
(End of Totality)
Penumbra
(Full)
Penumbra
(End)
Time (UT+3)
20:50:51
21:48:18
22:52:06
23:30:14
00:08:24
01:12:12
02:09:34
Az / Alt
117.98 / +06.93
128.02 / +15.88
141.33 / +24.40
150.17 / +28.44
159.80 / +31.49
176.33 / +33.86
192.30 / +32.83


Image Details
Total Lunar Eclipse: 2004-05-04/05
Imaging Details
Body:
Moon

Mass:
0.0123 x Earth

Mean Eq Diameter:
0.2719 x Earth

Distance:
361,363 km

Sidereal Rev:
27d 07h 43m 11s

Age:
14d 18h 17m

Diameter:
33.36'

Saros Cycle:
131

Magnitude:
Umbral1.309
Penumb2.288

Duration:
Total 0h 38m 09s
Umbral1h 41m 57s
Penumb2h 39m 31s
Date:
May 04-05, 2004
21:45:00 - 01:15:00 UT+3


Location:
Athens, Greece

Equipment:
Celestron 14" SCT
Losmandy G-11 GEM

TeleVue Pronto
Canon EOS 300d


Exposures:
1/2000 - 4 sec
ISO 1600
RAW Image Format
3072x2048 Image Size
Manual Mode


Software:
Canon FileViewer V1.3.2
Photoshop V6


Processing:
RAW to TIFF (16-bit) Conv
Masks
Layers
Resampling (10%)
JPG Compression