Saturday, June 18, 2011

Lightning Eclipse from the Planet of the Goats

From NASA's website:

Click to zoom in. Don't miss the eclipsed moon up in the sky!


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Lightning Eclipse from the Planet of the Goats 
Credit & CopyrightChris Kotsiopoulos (GreekSky)
Explanation: Thunderstorms almost spoiled this view of the spectacular June 15 total lunar eclipse. Instead, storm clouds parted for 10 minutes during the total eclipse phase and lightning bolts contributed to the dramatic sky. Captured with a 30 second exposure the scene also inspired what, in the 16 year history of Astronomy Picture of the Day, the editor considers may be the best title yet for a picture (title credit to Chris K.). Of course, the lightning reference clearly makes sense, and the shadow play of the dark lunar eclipse was widely viewed across planet Earth in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The picture itself, however, was shot from the Greek island of Ikaria at Pezi. That area is known as "the planet of the goats" because of the rough terrain and strange looking rocks.

7 comments:

Teresa Evangeline said...

Wow1 That is one beautiful photograph. Timing is everything and he was right there, right place, right time. I love it. I couldn't help but chuckle a bit, though, over the "planet of the goats." He might well have been talking about Planet Earth on those days I feel less than positive about human beings. :)

Tess Kincaid said...

Extraordinary image!

steven said...

what a beautiful moment. steven

Dan Gurney said...

Teresa, yes, isn't that how it is?? We're going along thinking, "Why is everything going so poorly?" then BAM!! some miracle happens. That's how it is for me many times. When I think to complain about how oppositional the world seems to be I remember to remind myself that some wonder is just around the corner. (Vice versa, too!)

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Tess. Yeah, an amazing image. I just had to share it. Wow. Did you see the moon up there? Of course you did.

Dan Gurney said...

steven, like so many other moments. You seem to capture in words and images moments like these with amazing regularity.

Toyin O. said...

That is a lovely image, thanks for sharing.