December 10, 2011 - the last lunar eclipse of 2011.
It was around 10:00PM when I received a text message about the moon being slowly consumed by the earth’s shadow. Immediately, I grabbed my camera and tripod, went outside and looked for the best site where viewing will be just perfect.
I positioned the tripod, mounted the camera and without wasting time, started to capture the moon as it turned into a dark, rusty red. I was so excited and I hardly noticed that more and more eager sky gazers were gathered around to catch a glimpse of the lunar eclipse. What an opportunity to see one of natures more beautiful, rare occurrences.
About Lunar Eclipse:
A lunar eclipse takes place when the moon, following its orbit around us, passes directly behind Earth as seen from the sun.
It is the opposite of a solar eclipse, when the moon passes between the sun and Earth. Since the moon's orbit is slightly tilted, the bodies do not align perfectly during most months -- but the rules of orbital mechanics are such that in any given year, there will be at least two and no more than seven solar or lunar eclipses.
If you have missed Saturday's eclipse, there will be a partial one next June 4, 2012. There will not be a total lunar eclipse again until April 15, 2014.