A glimpse of lunar eclipse in Belfast after 500 years


THIS IS AN AMAZING MOMENT FOR ME to witness a full lunar eclipse in Northern Ireland. It is a rare experience considering that this natural phenomenon occurred today, Dec 21, 2010 at 6:32am which coincided with the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year. It is the first time to happen in almost 500 years and also to see a selenelion – when the sun and the eclipsed moon are visible at the same time.

Unfortunately, with my present location at the heart of the city of Belfast, I could not fully experience the complete episode of this phenomenon. Nevertheless, I was able to capture the moon between 6:30 to 7:30am. The next full lunar eclipse which could be visible again in Northern Ireland is 2015. Also, this is the second time a lunar eclipse occurred in 2010, the first time was on 26 June 2010.

Ooh, one more thing, our kababayan in the Philippines have the chance to witness this as a partial lunar eclipse just after sunset.


These images were taken using an ordinary Sony digital camera while enduring the -17C temperature and the snowy pavement! Actually, the original photos are bit smaller but using the cropping basic fix, I managed to zoom the images closer and have a clearer shape (outline) of the moon.

~ by reymos on December 21, 2010.

4 Responses to “A glimpse of lunar eclipse in Belfast after 500 years”

  1. An online article from IrishTimes.com which presented the transformation of the moon. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/1221/breaking8.html

  2. Another helpful links that provide some interesting photos of the moon around the world. http://therogersrevue.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/2010-lunar-eclipse-photos/

  3. This is very interesting journal in terms of taking photographs of the moon and presented the transformation in one horizon. A wonderful work of photography!http://photocascadia.wordpress.com/2010/03/17/how-i-photographed-a-lunar-eclipse/

  4. hehe.. same here. I hate the mad rush at the stores and the “midnight shopping” where some stores are open until morning days before Xmas day. We have come to a point where we have “Disneyfied” Christmas.

    But I think the reason why you hate it is more of you miss your family in Pinas 🙂

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