On June 15, 2011 the totally eclipsed Moon was very dark, with the Moon itself positioned on the sky toward the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. The red lunar disk lies in the constellation Ophiuchus near the border with Scorpius and Sagittarius. Click on the second photo to see a stunning panorama of the red eclipsed moon and deep sky objects in this part of the sky. As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day and selected as one of the Best 2011 Space Photos by National Geographic News, the dark red eclipsed Moon competes with the Milky Way’s faint glow.



comments (8)

  • narges Reply

    This is perfect!
    hamishe peigire karaton hastam aghay amin tafeshi!

    June 19, 2011 at 10:21 am
  • Hrman Heyn Reply

    Great work by all of you.
    I just wish you would have aimed a little
    more eastward and captured that famous asterism
    “Herman’s Cross” in your photos!
    Clear skies, Herman

    June 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm
  • yegane Reply

    sky is nice..

    June 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm
  • AZIZA Reply

    i guessed such amazing shot by you babak spacially because the eclipsed moon passes in front of the center of the milky way………..great job

    June 21, 2011 at 11:48 am
  • Babak Tafreshi Reply

    Thank you all. Herman, sorry to miss your cross asterism in this image! I was so concentrated on the eclipse. For those unfamiliar with Herman Cross:

    June 21, 2011 at 4:07 pm
  • Pranay Reply

    Great picture sir,

    could you please mention the equipment and the setting you used in the wonderful picture?

    June 26, 2011 at 4:10 am
  • Babak Tafreshi Reply

    Pranay: The wide angle view is by 24mm lens and 90s exposure (on a tracking mount) at ISO1600. The deep sky panorama is made by stitching 8 frames all made with 200mm lens and fixed setting, 40s exposure each.

    June 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm
  • Sadat Reply

    These are such beautiful shots Babak. Thanks for sharing the settings and such, its so helpful to get tips like this straight from the pros to help budding amateurs such as myself! keep up the amazing work.

    July 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm

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