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How I missed the lunar eclipse.

Posted by Shuva Brata Deb (Bangalore, India) on 5 March 2007 in Miscellaneous.

"March 03 2007, 2130 hrs UT" was how it read at the NASA page about the start of the umbra. I added 530 hours (India time) and figured out that its safe to go to the roof and setup the tripod at around 2:30 am in the morning for the eclipse. Me and my wife waited, waited and waited till 4:15 am but not a shadow was cast on the moon. Suddenly(my great presence of mind) we figured out the blunder. March 03 2130 hours would mean March 04 3:00 am India time. This meant that we need to lose sleep again the next day.

Come next day, our newly married friends Abhishek and Rakhi showed up. We had lot of food and drinks. They decided that it wont be safe to drive back with the alcohol in their minds. They decided to stay back. We all went to bed at 12:15 am. Me and my wife set the alarm at 2:30 am for the lunar eclipse. The alarm did work, we woke up, both of us looked at each other, said "Light lo--so jao" (Forget it, lets get some more sleep). That how I missed the eclipse of March 2007. This is a picture of the moon from the first night.

But some of my aminus3 fellow photographers managed to get some cool eclipse shots. You can find them here:

Jason Kravitz
Kerstin and Herve
Ordinary life
KAVEH PHOTOGRAPHY
Andrea's Photoblog
Six Mega Pixels
Una Sola Imagen-Just A Picture

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/500 second F/5.6 ISO 100 260 mm

moon | lunar

H.O from Victoria, Canada

Great shot !

5 Mar 2007 6:55am

Prashanth from Bengalooru, India

Nice shot! I was able to get a glimpse of initial stages. Then clouds played the spoilsport :(

Have posted my version too... Have a nice week ahead.

5 Mar 2007 7:11am

Bronnie from Christchurch, New Zealand

Great shot!

5 Mar 2007 7:14am

Manuela Photography from Hainburg (near Frankfurt/Main), Germany

Good take!

5 Mar 2007 8:25am

kmf from Kerala,Kalpakanchery, India

i like it so much...............

5 Mar 2007 9:20am

Jerry from Tampa, United States

Neat story Shuva! Wonderful image - worth the effort! Congrats!

5 Mar 2007 10:55am

Lezek from Málaga, Spain

I'm sorry, but I think your photo is great too!

5 Mar 2007 11:44am

Abdullah from Esfahan, Iran

amazing photo!... Very Nicely Done!

5 Mar 2007 1:51pm

Craiger from Vacaville, California, United States

Sorry you missed the eclipse. But, it really is a great moon shot!

5 Mar 2007 2:21pm

kaveh from TEHRAN, Iran

the moon in this shot is so awesome. PERFECT!!

5 Mar 2007 4:08pm

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Tokyo, Japan

Great shot Shuva, I missed it too, I could not even see the sky, I totally forgot! =)

5 Mar 2007 4:21pm

manju from Bangalore, India

Awesome shot !

5 Mar 2007 5:26pm

Still from Valence, France

Exccellent image of the moon!

5 Mar 2007 9:14pm

Aaron Schmidt from Auckland, New Zealand

Great story Shuva ... it makes me smile to see you and your wife so in tune. =)

5 Mar 2007 11:17pm

Herve from Paris, France

Well, Monday could have been called Moonday, according to the number of moons represented on aminus ! :)

6 Mar 2007 3:39pm