total lunar eclipse

It was a spectacular total lunar eclipse (2014 April 15), explains the talented photographer Babak A. Tafreshi, under the crystal clear night sky of La Silla observatory, at the southern outskirt of Atacama Desert, Chile.   All images © Babak A. Tafreshi

Clouds are non-existent in the Atacama, most of the year. Besides the clear sky, I really enjoyed watching this eclipse under stunning Milky Way overhead. The red eclipsed moon (Blood Moon) was next to bright white-blue star Spica in Virgo and the red planet Mars, shining at its brightest, was just some degrees away. Of about a dozen total lunar eclipses I have seen this was one of the most pleasant.

total lunar eclipse on April 15

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