Pieter Franken’s amazing photos of this weekend’s lunar eclipse

12/11/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — If you weren’t lucky enough to get a glimpse of the spectacular phenomenon, Pieter Franken took some pictures of it in Tokyo.

The best views of the eclipse were in the Pacific, Australia and regions of Asia. Some viewers in North America also saw some striking views. No eclipse was visible in South America and parts of Western Africa.

NASA says, “A lunar eclipse occurs when Earth is directly between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun’s rays and casting a shadow on the moon. As the moon moves deeper and deeper into Earth’s shadow, the moon changes color before your very eyes, turning from gray to an orange or deep shade of red. The moon takes on this new color because sunlight is still able to pass through Earth’s atmosphere and cast a glow on the moon.”

The moon was eclipsed for a total of 51 minutes.

The next chance to see a total lunar eclipse will be April 15, 2014.



  • Pieter Franken is a photographer, senior visiting researcher at Keio University and co-founder of Safecast.org living in Tokyo.

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