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Total Lunar Eclipse
January 20 @ 10:30 pm - January 21 @ 4:00 am AST
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There will be a total lunar eclipse on January 20 and 21, 2019. This eclipse will be visible in totality from Bonaire and the surrounding region.
The partial phase of the eclipse will begin on January 20th at 10:36 PM (22:36) and will end at 03:48 AM (03:48) on the 21st. Totality will occur on Bonaire at 12:41 AM on the 21st PM (00:41) and will end at 1:43 PM (01:43), with the greatest eclipse occurring at 01:12 AM (01:12) on the 21st.
Bonaire’s normally clear skies should hopefully provide a great opportunity to view this infrequent lunar event. It also provides a unique opportunity for those who enjoy photography to capture something unusual. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the entire moon passes through the Earth’s umbral shadow. During the total phase (totality), the moon turns a vibrant red color. These are easy to see with the unaided eye and shows just why these special moons are called Blood Moons.
A lunar eclipse begins as a small notch which slowly appears along one edge of the moon. During the next hour, the moon gradually dips deeper into Earth’s dark umbral shadow. If the eclipse is a total one, as this one is, the last remaining minutes of the partial phases can be quite dramatic. The crescent of the moon grows thinner as darkness propagates through a night sky now deprived of moonlight. If you’re away from the lights of town, the Milky Way can become bright and beautiful as the total phase begins.
No matter what kind of camera you own, there are a variety of techniques that you can use to photograph a lunar eclipse: wide-angle, telephoto, multiple exposure and star trail. Nikon has some great tips for capturing fantastic images of a lunar eclipse.