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Eclipsed in Southern Skies

By: Yuri Beletsky

 

Region: Americas

Site: Las Campanas - Chile

Date: 2015 September 28

As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day, this stunning panorama in southern skies was recorded on the night of 2015 September 27/28 from Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory. A diffuse glow and dark rifts of the central Milky Way hang over domes of the twin 6.5 meter Magellan telescopes. But most eye-catching is the deep red glow of the Moon. Immersed in Earth's shadow during the much anticipated perigee-total-lunar eclipse, the Moon's surface reflects the light of sunsets and sunrises scattered and refracted into the planet's cone-shaped umbra. Along with the dramatic hue of the eclipsed Moon, other colors of that night captured by the sensitive digital camera include the red and green shades of atmospheric airglow. Viewers can also spot the Andromeda Galaxy below the Moon, seen as a tiny smudge through the reddish airglow and lights along the horizon. The Magellanic Clouds, satellite galaxies of the Milky Way, join in at the far left of the full panorama frame. The moon image of the ponorama is an HDR of two exposures to cover the extreme dynamic range of the eclipse moon and the background sky. Yuri Beletsky

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