Total Lunar Eclipse 16 July 2000

Total Lunar Eclipse

The total phase or totality lasts a remarkable 1 hour and 47 minutes. This is within seconds of the theoretical maximum duration. A total eclipse hasn't lasted this long since 1859 and it will not be equaled again for over a thousand years! Totality lasts so extrodinarily long because the Moon passes almost exactly through the center of Earth's umbral shadow. Such near perfect geometry is very rare.

Total Lunar Eclipse Path

Lens : Prime Focus f4 800mm Newtonian telescope
Exposure Time : 1/500 second to 2 seconds at mid eclipse
Film : Fuji Superia 400
Date : 16 July 2000
Guiding : None
Location : Wellington, New Zealand