Lunar Eclipse of 27th July 2018 - A Story in Photos
We witnessed the second lunar eclipse of 2018, an astronomically rare year, on the night of 27/07/18 that lasted for 103 minutes, making it the longest lunar of the 21st Century. The shadow of the Earth began creeping across the moon's surface exactly at 11:54 p.m IST and the moon was completely veiled by the Earth's shadow by 1:00 a.m. and painted a blood-red picture in the sky. Hence, such an eclipse is called a "Blood Moon". The total eclipse lasted for a whole 1 hour and 43 minutes, peaking at 1:51 a.m. and brightness of the moon began emerging by 2:43 a.m. In a little more than an hour, by 3:49 a.m., this event of a lifetime came to a satisfying end with the glorious moon blazing across the early morning skies.
The team members of SEDS (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space), the astronomy and space club of SASTRA, had the exciting opportunity to view and extensively document this rare phenomenon using the 8-inch, Dobsonian-mounted, "light-bucket" telescope. SEDS teamed up with SFH (SASTRA Fotohub) and have clicked some excellent photos. What is presented here are some of the best clicks. Also, SFH managed to capture and generate a stunning time-lapse photo of the lunar eclipse, which is also presented here.