Deep Sky View of a Lunar Eclipse

By: Amir H. Abolfath


Region: Middle East

Site: Alborz Mountains - Iran

Spot: Firouzkooh

Date: 2011 June 15

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On 15 June 2011 the totally eclipsed Moon was very dark, with the Moon itself positioned on the sky toward the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. Click on the star-pattern icon above the image to see a stunning deep view of the eclipsed moon and star clouds and nebulae in this part of the Milky Way including prominent emission clouds Lagoon (M8) and Trifid (M20) nebula on the lower left of the moon. This telephoto view is a composite of 30 shots. The red lunar disk lies just above the bowl of the dark Pipe Nebula in the constellation Ophiuchus near the border with Scorpius. Amir Abolfath -

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