A few wispy clouds teased Grahamstown (Makhanda) residents who were outside in the cold night air of Friday 27 July to watch the longest lunar eclipse of the century. After earlier rain, the sky almost miraculously cleared and many did their best to capture the three hours and 55 minutes of spellbinding celestial action.
We share photos by Steven Lang of the amazing event – more or less from start to finish – taken around 30km from Grahamstown.
The featured image for this post is taken by Marc Schafer here in Grahamstown (Makhanda) using a NIKON D300 attached to a STELLAVUE 630mm refractor telescope with an exposure time of 1.5 seconds.
HERE IS STEVEN LANG’S EXPLANATION OF THE PHENOMENON