Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Total Lunar Eclipse 15th June 2011

A total lunar eclipse will be visible from South Africa on the 15th of June 2011. The last total lunar eclipse visible from this region was in February 2008 and the next one will only be in September 2015.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon moves into the shadow of the Earth, where the Earth is then preventing the rays of the sun from striking the moon and thus making the moon appear dark. Though lunar eclipses happen at least twice a year, any given eclipse will only be visible from certain parts of the world. Furthermore total lunar eclipses are also rarer. So do make sure you grab the opportunity to have a look this June!

South African Astronomical Observatory

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Night Sky

Photopic Sky Survey

5'000 megapixel panorama of the night sky. 37'440 exposures, 45'000 miles traveled by air and 15'000 by land: an epic journey and an even more amazing photo.