Friday, 23 December 2011

UAE: Lunar Eclipse in Dec 2011

The moon, one clear night in September 2011.

Kindly be forewarned that subsequent photos are unfortunately not as clear as this one :-D 


It was Saturday, 10th December 2011. It's the second lunar eclipse in 2011 after the first one in June. This second one is supposed to be viewable to the naked eye, especially to those in the Asia Pacific region (at all times) whereas for those in the Middle East, Africa and Europe, it's supposed to be viewable at "moonrise" (whatever that means, heh!) only.

In Dubai, it's supposed to start at around 4.00 p.m. that afternoon but I couldn't even locate the moon even from the rooftop of the apartment from around that time up until around 7.00 p.m. Unfortunately that means that I had missed the total lunar eclipse which was supposed to start at around 6.00 p.m. and last for around 1 hour.

When I went up to the rooftop again at around 7.00 p.m. the sky was not that clear and it was quite cold and windy too. Not exactly a good night to be snapping photos of the moon unfortunately - especially when I have a very unstable tripod :-S Nevertheless here are some photos taken from the beginning of the end of total lunar eclipse to the end of the partial lunar eclipse (hope that makes sense, lol!) which also lasted for about 1 hour.

7.08 p.m. - The moon at the beginning of the end of total lunar eclipse

7.11 p.m.

7.30 p.m. - There's an almost 20-minute gap here between this photo and the last one. That's simply because I got tired of waiting for the sky to be clear, so I started taking photos of Burj al Arab instead :-S 

7.35 p.m.

7.43 p.m. - Wait a minute! Is that a shooting star? Quick! Make a wish!

7.45 p.m. - Shooting star's gone.

7.49 p.m.

7.53 p.m.

7.57 p.m. - I was supposed to leave at 8.00 p.m. for a dinner appointment. A friend was picking me up at a station some 15 minutes ride away on the metro. Need to start packing up.

8.03 p.m. - still not leaving though...

Okay, one last shot. It's almost the end of partial lunar eclipse at 8.06 p.m.

Unfortunately after that I really had to pack up and leave to catch the metro. Guess we just have to wait until 2014 for the next lunar eclipse then! :-)  Hopefully the sky would be clearer, and I would already have a Manfrotto by then. ;-)

And yes, _hopefully_ by then I'd have better photography skills too, heh! :-) 

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