A Total Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth in a straight line, and the shadow of the Earth is cast upon the Moon. The red colour occurs because of scattered sunlight reaching the Moon as it passes through Earth’s atmosphere.
This image of the Moon during “Totality”, when the Moon is fully within Earth’s shadow, was taken at 1:11am on the 11th December 2011 (that’s a lot of 1’s!) during the Total Lunar Eclipse.
It’s a single 2 second exposure @ ISO1600 with a Canon 40D pointing through an ED80mm telescope. It’s my best total lunar eclipse image so far, thanks to great steady conditions on the night of the eclipse.
Thanks for looking!