"Total Lunar Eclipse"
Pentax 6x7 camera w/165mm lense @ f/4.5 photo by Bill and Sally Fletcher
- This photograph is of the October 2004 total eclipse of the Moon. It was taken from the
Santa Monica Mountains looking East toward the greater Los Angeles basin - including Westwood, Century City
and on to downtown.
A thunderstorm had recently passed over So. California and the remnant clouds can be seen hanging
over the city.
A lunar eclipse occurs when a full moon moves into the Earth's shadow. Although no sunlight falls
directly on a totally eclipsed moon, some sunlight bends around the Earth as it passes through the
atmosphere. From this bending - or refraction - blue light is removed and only this dim red-orange
color is left to illuminate the Moon. The amount of this light that reaches the lunar surface depends
on the amount of volcanic dust, large storms, and clouds present in the Earth's atmosphere at the
time of the eclipse -
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