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Introduction to Astronomy

Moon Trail Photo


This is a long-exposure photograph of the total lunar eclipse of January 20, 2000.

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Description: A single 4-hour exposure with a wide-angle lens captures the entire lunar eclipse. As the moon rises into the night sky and passes through the Earth's shadow, its light is dimmed and reddened. I took this photo from my back yard looking over my neighbor's house. Passing thin clouds -- lit by moonlight and city lights -- make the sky appear gray.

Date: January 20, 2000

Time: 7:45 P.M. to 11:45 P.M. MST

Location: the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona

Camera: Olympus OM-1 on fixed tripod

Film: Kodak Elite Chrome 100 slide

Lens: 24mm at f/16 with polarizing filter

Exposure time: 4 hours

Scanner: Nikon Coolscan LS-10E

Copyright 2000 Joe Orman

Included here with permission.

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Last update: 2000 October 13
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