How to photograph a lunar eclipse


Discover how to photograph a lunar eclipse in this tutorial video.

During a lunar eclipse, the Moon passes behind Earth’s shadow, which blocks it from sunlight. At the moment of totality, the lunar disk is not completely dark but has a reddish hue, due to sunlight refracted through Earth’s atmosphere.

Credits: ESA, ESA/CESAR (ground-based observations), NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio (penumbra and umbra sequence), Konstantin Karchev (Moon and Mars time sequence), Manuel Castillo (lunar eclipse: totality view and sequence), Wouter van Reeven (lunar eclipse sequence)

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  1. I may have missed it, but I would add that if your camera is an SLR and has a 'mirror lock up' function, then use that, as well. It will prevent the shake from the camera mirror from slightly blurring the photo. What it does, if you don't know, is to flip the mirror up a second or so before opening the shutter to allow the small amount of shake to dissipate before the camera exposes.

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