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Friday, June 17, 2011

Lunar Eclipse -June 15 2011

A lunar eclipse comes when the Sun, Earth and Moon line up and Earth's shadow falls on the moon.
The total lunar eclipse that took place on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, is the most beautiful total and the longest lunar eclipse the people of this world has seen in a decade.The total lunar eclipse was visible for over 100 minutes in different parts of Asia, Europe and Africa. The partial eclipse lasted for three hours and 40 minutes.

Series of photos taken by skywatcher Manivel K in Chennai, Tamil Nadu in India.

 close-up view of the moon during the total lunar eclipse of June 15, 2011 as it appeared  in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Earth's shadow starts to take a "bite" out of the full moon during the June 15 total lunar eclipse, as seen from Lucknow, India

 The almost fully eclipsed moon took on a rusty orange hue in the skies over Islamabad, Pakistan, on June 16.

The Moon is seen in Dubai during a lunar eclipse, marking the beginning of the third week of the Islamic month of Rajab, June 15, 2011.

This five picture sequence shows various stages of a total lunar eclipse over Valencia, Spain, between 22:30 and 23:30 local time on Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The earth casts its shadow over the moon during a total lunar eclipse seen from behind the Pantheon of Freedom sculpture, featuring a torch, at Three Powers Square in downtown Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday June 15, 2011

A lunar eclipse is seen over the Atomium in Brussels, early Thursday, June 16, 2011

The moon exhibits a deep orange glow as the Earth casts its shadow in a total lunar eclipse as seen in Manila, Philippines, before dawn Thursday June 16, 2011

The moon is seen behind an illuminated cross of Ayios Nickolaos church during a lunar eclipse over Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, June 15, 2011

People watch the lunar eclipse from a rooftop in Belgrade June 15, 2011

A partially eclipsed fullmoon hangs in the evening sky over Belgrade, Serbia

The moon turned a blood red over the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge on NamibRand Nature Reserve in Namibia 
  The total lunar eclipse of June 15, 2011 turns the moon a blood-red hue as steam rises from the Mayon volcano on Cagraray Island

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