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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Upcoming Lunar Eclipse is Visible From Bonaire

There will be a total lunar eclipse on April 15th, 2014.  This eclipse will be visible in totality from Bonaire and the surrounding region.

The partial phase of the eclipse will begin at 01:58 AM and end at 05:33 AM. Totality will occur on Bonaire at 03:07 AM and end at 04:24 AM, with greatest eclipse occurring at 03:46 AM.

Bonaire’s normally clear skies should hopefully provide a great opportunity to view this infrequent lunar event.  It also provides a unique opportunity for those who enjoy photography to capture something unusual.  A total lunar eclipse occurs when the entire moon passes through the Earth’s umbral shadow. During the total phase (totality), the moon turns a vibrant red color. These are easy to see as well, with the unaided eye.

A lunar eclipse begins as a small notch slowly appears along one edge of the moon. During the next hour, the moon gradually dips deeper into Earth’s dark umbral shadow. If the eclipse is a total one, the last remaining minutes of the partial phases can be quite dramatic. The crescent of the moon grows thinner as darkness propagates through a night sky now deprived of moonlight. If you’re away from the lights of town, the Milky Way can become bright and beautiful as the total phase begins.

No matter what kind of camera you own, there are a variety of techniques that you can use to photograph a lunar eclipse: wide-angle, telephoto, multiple exposure and star trail. Nikon’s “Mr. Eclipse,” Fred Espenak, offers a variety of tips for photographing eclipses.  For those using Nikon camera systems, view his tips for the upcoming lunar eclipse by clicking here, or visit his web site for more general tips by clicking here(Source:  Meteo and Nikon)

Posted by Susan Davis on March 26, 2014 at 3:51pm AST


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