Got up at five o'clock this morning to see the eclipse. Stood out on the balcony watching it until it disappeared behind the ridge. Would've gone up to The Rampart or somewhere to watch if I'd had my wits about me, but who does at that hour? Anyways, it was good. Not as good as the last one with the blood moon and everything, but good.
The moon passed partially into the earth's umbra (shadow). This is fairly common. It didn't achieve totality, so the whole if the moon was not in shadow. It set here on the east coast of Australia before we could see the whole thing but on the west coast of Western Australia it got to its full 81% before it set.
Annoyingly, there's no amateur uploads to flickr yet from WA and the Perth Observatory's blog is also mum on the subject. Bastards. But the observatory does tell us a "lunar eclipse can only happen at full moon, when the Sun, the Earth and the Moon are in line (in that order) and the Earth’s shadow falls on the Moon."
Sydney Observatory's blog
This morning's eclipse seen from Norway
Annotated northern moon, seen from California
Blue moon, seen from Ireland - use bold italics in his profile but has some nice moon photos
Spooky clouded blood moon
Solar flare at totality, solar eclipse 2006, seen from Turkey
Partial solar eclipse seen from England
Plane in front of eclipsing moon, 2006, seen from England
A blood moon is when the moon goes red during a total eclipse. There's bugger-all light on it and no blue bits in the light and voila! blood moon. There's a clearer picture of it here.
Total lunar eclipse August 2007
Full moon from France (left) and Brazil.
And while we're at it, let's look at the partial solar eclipse in February
More Sydney Observatory linkage
Major upcoming sky events
The dreaded Mars hoax returns
The dish at Parkes and the Apollo moon landings - the film was "historically fairly accurate"
The SO has podcasts and you can buy an annual sky guide.
Coming to a sky near you
20th to 22nd August 2008
Mercury close to Venus, under two moon-widths apart. Low in western sky.
December 10th and 11th 2011
Total eclipse of Moon. Visible Australia from 11.45pm (Sydney). Likely to be a blood moon.
June 6th 2012
Transit of Venus. Venus crosses in front of Sun, appearing as a small black disc. A rare event. Visible on the eastern coast of Australia from 8.16am (Sydney).
Capt. Cook's transit & the 2004 transit
Cook at Ducktionary
November 14th 2012
Total eclipse of the Sun. Visible in Australia, Cairns (Queensland) in path of totality. Full eclipse 2 minutes from 6.40am (Sydney).
July 31st 2018
Favourable opposition of Mars. Close to Earth (nothing like that stupid bloody hoax).
July 22nd 2028
Total eclipse of the Sun. Fully visible in Australia, path of totality from WA (north) to Sydney and New Zealand. Begins 12.44pm (Sydney), totality about 2pm.
April 14th 2029
Close pass by the asteroid 99942 Apophis, around 40,000 kilometres, height similar to communications satellites. Visible from Australia in hours before dawn.
September 8th 2040
Five planets closely grouped in the night sky. Visible to naked eye in the west after sunset.
July 29th 2061
Halley’s Comet returns. Last visit 1986.