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Dimensions3872 x 2592
Original file size754 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken20-Feb-08 20:48
Date modified1-Aug-10 14:01
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON D200
Focal length300 mm
Focal length (35mm)450 mm
Max lens aperturef/5.7
Exposure0.3s at f/5.6
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Lunar Eclipse, February 2008

Lunar Eclipse, February 2008

Taken w/Nikon D200, 70-300mm lens, FL 300mm, f/5.6, 1/3 second, ISO400


A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes behind the earth such that the earth blocks the sun’s rays from striking the moon. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. Hence, there is always a full moon the night of a lunar eclipse. The type and length of an eclipse depend upon the Moon’s location relative to its orbital nodes. The next total lunar eclipse will occur on December 21, 2010. Unlike a solar eclipse, which can only be viewed from a certain relatively small area of the world, a lunar eclipse may be viewed from anywhere on the night side of the Earth. A lunar eclipse lasts for a few hours, whereas a total solar eclipse lasts for only a few minutes at any given place. Some lunar eclipses have been associated with important historical events.