Lunar Eclipse Mar 2007

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photo © Richard Bottle 2007

Lunar eclipse 3 March 2007
The first photo was taken at 2250 GMT, the second photo at 2324 GMT just after the point of maximum eclipse.
Lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes through the earth's shadow.  They therefore only occur at full moon.  The red colour results from sunlight passing through the earth's atmosphere before it illuminates the moon - a similar effect to the sun changing colour at sunrise/sunset.