Lunar Images  - Click on images below for higher resolution         

The Winter Solstice Total Lunar Eclipse of December 21, 2010 - (imaged using a Canon 5D Mark II DSLR and a Takahashi TOA-130 Refractor with 1.5 Extender)

It is a rare occasion when a total lunar eclipse occurs on the same day as the Winter Solstice (the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere).  The last time this event happened was 372 years ago on December 21, 1638 and it won't happen again until the year 2094.  The moon appeared very high in the sky for this eclipse as the solstice marks the time when Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun.

The next total lunar eclipse visible from North America will occur on April 15, 2014.  Click here for more information on this and other eclipses.

The Total Lunar Eclipse of November 8, 2003 -  (imaged using a Nikon Coolpix 995 and TeleVue TV-101 Refractor)


 Total Lunar Eclipse, Feb 20, 2008 - ©2008 Lauri A. Kangas   Lunar Occultation of The Pleiades - ©2006 Lauri A. Kangas   
 Ultra-thin Moon, June 7, 2005 - ©2005 Lauri A. Kangas Ultra-thin Moon, June 7, 2005 - ©2005 Lauri A. Kangas
First Quarter Moon, July 3, 2006 - ©2006 Lauri A. Kangas

Copper Crescent Moon - ©2006 Lauri A. Kangas
The Moon, April 17, 2005 - ©2005 Lauri A. Kangas
The Sturgeon Moon, August 8, 2006 - ©2006 Lauri A. Kangas Imaged with a Televue TV-101 Refractor and a Nikon D100 Digital SLR - © 2004 Lauri Kangas
Night Sky Clouds Backlit by a Summer Solstice Full Moon, June 21, 2005 - 11:40 p.m. EDT - ©2005 Lauri A. Kangas