The last lunar eclipse viewable in Ireland for another four years occurred earlier tonight. The spectacle lasted for about two hours in total. The Sociable's Darren McCarra captured some of these shots of the 2011 total lunar eclipse from Sliabh Beagh in north Monaghan.
Google has begun live streaming today’s Lunar Eclipse live on its YouTube channel. The search giant has joined with SLOOH, a company that specialises in streaming live space events, to provide a live view with astronomer’s commentary.
The longest total lunar eclipse since 2000 will begin to occur this evening and last until midnight, providing stargazers a rare opportunity to catch this prolonged wonderful spectacle. The eclipse begins at 6.24pm (IST) this evening, although it will not be properly visible until sunset at around 9.55pm tonight, at which stage the moon will turn blood red in colour.
Irish broadcaster RTEhas released video of the mid-winter sunrise at Newgrange. The 24 minute video shows the sun rise over the Boyne valley and illuminate the central passage of the Newgrange complex.
We were out early this morning in the freezing cold (-15 °C) to take this picture of the December 2010 total lunar eclipse. The moon is almost totally eclipsed at this stage, with the sky starting to glow increasingly red in colour.
An event known as a total lunar eclipse will occur tomorrow morning where a full moon will turn deep red as it moves into Earth’s shadow. This will be the last total eclipse that Ireland will see for another five years.