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: In the image below, Regulus (-Leo, mag 1.40) is visible immediately to the right of the eclipsed moon. Similarly, Saturn can be seen above and slightly to the left of the moon.

Note: For post-totality around twilight, please click here.

Total Lunar Eclipse: 2008-02-21
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+2)
02:34:59
03:42:59
05:00:34
05:26:05
05:51:32
07:09:07
08:17:16
Az / Alt
233.31 / +50.95
249.64 / +39.25
263.29 / +24.62
267.20 / +19.70
270.97 / +14.80
282.18 / +00.38
292.62 / -12.64

Image Details
Totality and the Temple of Poseidon
Imaging Details
Body:
Moon

Mass:
0.0123 x Earth

Mean Eq Diameter:
0.2719 x Earth

Distance:
383,745 km

Sidereal Rev:
27d 07h 43m 11s

Age:
14d 18h 30m

Diameter:
31.32'

Saros Cycle:
133

Magnitude:
Penumb+2.1707
Umbral+1.1110

Duration:
Penumb2h 51m 09s
Umbral1h 43m 04s
Total 0h 25m 29s
Date:
Feb 21, 2008
05:40:32 UT+2


Location:
Sounio, Greece
(37.6502 N, 24.0273 E)


Equipment:
Canon EOS 300d
Canon EOS EF 28-105
    USM @ 60mm/f4


Exposure(s):
1 x 8 sec
ISO 200
RAW image format
3072x2048 image size
Manual Mode


Software:
Digital Photo Pro V1.6.1
Photoshop CS2


Processing:
RAW to TIFF (16-bit) Conv
Resampling
JPG Compression