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A Southern Hemisphere Lunar Eclipse, 28 - 29 Oct 2004

This total eclipse was clouded out from most of the UK and I did not see it. Pictures therefore come courtesy of Josh Feyen, who saw it from Argentina.

Click the picture or here for Josh's report.

For a northern hemisphere observer these pictures show an unusual perspective - with the Moon moving into the northern sky towards local midnight its easterly progress through the Earth's shadow is from top left to lower right. A European, North American or Asian viewer would normally expect to see the Moon move from right to left, as in this eclipse a year earlier.

Canon Powershot S1, 10x optical plus 3.2x digital zoom. Tripod mounted but no additional optical equipment. Pictures reduced to 33% of original.

Picture added on 22 Dec 2004


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