The Solar and Lunar Eclipses in Luxembourg
in the Year 2015

Partial Lunar Eclipse
This is a picture of a partial lunar eclipse.
I found it on the online-site of the german scientific magazine bild der wissenschaft
Unfortunately, the eclipse pages are no longer available
since that website has been revamped.

There was not much activity concerning eclipses in Luxembourg during the last years. But in 2015, we are again in the game.

On March 20, we could live a partial solar eclipse, and at least in the capital of Luxembourg, the weather was not too bad. The sun was hiding behind clouds only a few times, so that we could witness nearly the whole show during 2 hours, from the first contact to the end of the eclipse.

I compiled some pictures that I took during the eclipse with a small camera through a protection filter to a panorama :

Partial Solar Eclipse 2015-03-20

September 28, 2015

There are idiots in this world. And idiots ...
The first ones are those who are even not able to correctly set an alarm, so that they only wake up when half the eclipse already has passed.
The other ones always wanted to buy a convenient reflex camera, and then, if they need it, they still find themselves with a simple pocket camera.
And if you put those two together ...

We had optimal conditions for this eclipse : Not a single cloud to be seen, and the moon at its nearest distance to the earth, so that it presented itself big and bright in the sky.
Thus, perfect conditions to watch an eclipse, and then I come into the game when totality is already nearly reached. Shit happens. But nevertheless, the look at the moon through my telescope during the eclipse was breathtaking. And I even was able to compile the pictures taken with my pocket camera to this panorama view :

Total Eclipse of the Moon 2015-09-28

But nowadays, you even don't need a camera ...
Here are 2 pictures taken by my nephew Charel with his smartphone :

Total Eclipse of the Moon 2015-09-28       Total Eclipse of the Moon 2015-09-28

Now, we'll again have to wait for a longer period. Beside a partial lunar eclipse that will take place on August 7, 2017, the next total lunar eclipse will only be on 27th of July 2018.

Total Lunar Eclipse on 2000-07-16 (Japan) A total lunar eclipse can be as beautiful as this.
This picture has been taken in Japan on July 16, 2000.

Wanna see more fantastic shots like this ?
Have a look at AstroArts !

All kind of information about eclipses can be found on the website of Fred Espenak, the 'eclipse guru' at NASA.

Interested in astronomy ? Visit the site of the Amateur Astronomers of Luxembourg