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: For totality at maximum plus two alternate time series involving totality of the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century, please click here, here and here.

Total Lunar Eclipse: 2018-07-27/28
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)
20:12:48
21:23:52
22:29:39
23:21:37
00:13:14
01:19:02
02:30:05
Az / Alt
112.23 / -03.88
123.21 / +08.24
135.02 / +17.98
145.88 / +24.34
158.12 / +29.04
175.43 / +32.02
194.65 / +31.91

Image Details
Start, Maximum and End of Totality (TLE2018)
Imaging Details
Body:
Moon

Mass:
0.0123 x Earth

Mean Eq Diameter:
0.2719 x Earth

Distance:
406,099 km

Sidereal Rev:
27d 07h 43m 11s

Age:
14d 18h 22m

Diameter:
29.62'

Saros Cycle:
129

Magnitude:
Penumb+2.6792
Umbral+1.6087

Duration:
Penumb6h 17m 18s
Umbral3h 55m 10s
Total 1h 43m 35s
Date:
Jul 27, 2018
22:29:48 UT+3
23:21:37 UT+3
00:13:10 UT+3


Location:
Athens, Greece

Equipment:
AP 160 f/7.5 StarFire EDF
AP 1200GTO/CP3 GEM
Canon EOS 700D
Baader UV/IR-Cut Filter


Exposures:
1 x 8 sec
2 x 2.5 sec
ISO 400
RAW image format
5184x3456 image size
Manual Mode


Software:
Digital Photo Pro V4.6.30.0
Photoshop CS5


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