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Nighttime sky dazzles with lunar eclipse, the star Spica and Mars

Lunar eclipses aren’t really all that rare but they are quite fun to view – and photograph.  Of course as is the case with last night’s event, sometimes it isn’t so easy to get out of bed to do so.  😉

I woke up three times last night to try to get some images of the event.  Two of those photos are below.

The upper images catches more than just the moon. Below and to the right of the moon is the star Spica, the 15th brightest start in the night sky and the brightest in the constellation Virgo. Perhaps more interesting is Mars, toward the top right of the image. The planet is at its closest to Earth in 6 years right now making it very easy to spot. Even at this distance, the color of the red planet is clearly seen.

The lower image is a composite of three stages of the eclipse.  It shows the moon half-way to the total eclipse, at totality, and half-way between totality and the end.

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April 15, 2014 - The moon is fully eclipsed while the star Spica is below and to the right of the moon and Mars is seen in the top right corner. (© Tony’s Takes)

April 15, 2014 – The moon is fully eclipsed while the star Spica is below and to the right of the moon and Mars is seen in the top right corner. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

April 15, 2014 – The total lunar eclipse.  A composite showing the moon half-way to the total eclipse, at totality, and half-way between totality and the end. (© Tony’s Takes)

April 15, 2014 – The total lunar eclipse. A composite showing the moon half-way to the total eclipse, at totality, and half-way between totality and the end. (© Tony’s Takes)