Last June, there was a total eclipse of the Moon, and I posted some really nice pictures of it (see Related Posts, below). Later, I saw one that was truly amazing. Seriously, it doesn’t get much better than this:
Holy wow! [Click to penumbrenate.]
That picture, by Chris Kotsiopoulos, is clearly a once-in-a-lifetime shot. He took it from Ikaria, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. He thought he was going to miss the eclipse due to a thunderstorm, but the clouds parted for a few minutes right in the middle of the eclipse, and he got his shot. You can see the Moon, dull red, floating in the sky to the right of center. The multiple lightning strikes are, well, striking. As someone who has tried to take pictures like this many times, what’s even more remarkable to me is that this was a 28 second exposure! That didn’t allow him too many chances to get this shot right.
The next lunar eclipse is on December 10, 2011, and will be visible to Asia and Australia. I haven’t checked it for accuracy, because yikes, but wikipedia has a list of all lunar eclipses in the 21st century, with maps! The one in August 2036 is particularly long. Mark your calendar.
Credit: Chris Kotsiopoulos, used with permission. Tip o’ the lens cap to Earth Science Picture of the Day.
So you’re sitting around thinking, "What could I do in May 2011 that involves skepticism, a ginormous boat, and Mediterranean countries?"
Oh, do I have something for you then: a Mediterranean cruise sponsored by the Center For Inquiry!
From May 8 – 15 we’ll be on the MCS Musica, a 300 meter long cruise ship, and we’ll be visiting such ports of call as Venice, Santorini, Mykonos, and Korfu. Along the way will be talks by scientists and skeptics, including Ron Lindsay, Lawrence Krauss, Chris Mooney, Joyce Salisbury, and me.
Even better? If you want to book the cruise, mention you read about it here on Bad Astronomy and they’ll knock $100 off the top. Don’t say I never did anything for you.
I’m really looking forward to this. I’ll be coordinating with CfI to see what sort of astronomical things we can do on the cruise… which shouldn’t be too hard. The region has some connection to astronomy, as you might be able to figure out, and you probably know I have a love of geology and volcanoes, and those have played their part in that region too.
This will be an exciting trip, and I hope to see some BABloggees there!