Lunar Eclipse with Aurora Borealis – Weekly Photo Challenge

…All that is now,
All that is gone, 
All that’s to come,
and everything under the sun is in tune,
but the sun is eclipsed by the moon. 

Roger Waters,
Pink Floyd,
The Dark Side of the Moon

© Babsje (

Total lunar eclipse and aurora borealis. November 8, 2003

This week, Ben Huberman has challenged us to show sources of light. The photo above shows the total lunar eclipse of November 8, 2003.

As people know, the Moon is illuminated by light from the Sun. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes directly between the Sun and the Moon, and the Earth’s shadow is cast on the surface of the Moon, causing the moon to take on a red-orange color.

It was magical that night, standing out in the field watching the eclipse unfold. My eye was focused through the camera for most of the duration and it was only afterwards that I realized a slender finger of a green aurora was also captured on film. That was a pleasing bonus.


Thanks to Ben Huberman and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light.

Thanks to Ed Prescott for the Sunday Stills: Night Shots prompt.

Thanks to Ailsa for the Weekly Travel Theme: Sky. (The night sky is so wondrous.)

Thanks also to Sue for the Word a Week Challenge: High. (How high the moon is.)

Thanks to the kind folks at SkyWatch Friday.


A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

(This photo was taken November 8, 2003.)

© 2013 Babsje. (

Lunar Eclipse, Aurora Borealis

Posted on December 3, 2013, in A Word A Week Photo Challenge, Astronomy, Astrophotography, Nature, Nature Photography, Photography, postaday, Skywatch Friday, Sunday Stills, Weekly Photo Challenge, Weekly Travel Themes and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. What a great unexpected bonus to a great shot!

  2. What a wonderful juxtaposition of totally unrelated celestial happenings!! Awesome.

  3. Wow -wonderful interpretation of the theme!

  4. Babsje, Thank you for your exquisite photographs and the close observation they represent. Being so new at this, I am deeply grateful for your encouragement about my own efforts to write about some of the things I care about. GWH

    • You’re very welcome, my pleasure! I was happy to have found your blog, your writings are wonderful, reminiscent of some excellent authors while at the same time being original, with a unique perspective all your own. Looking forward to reading more from you. Many thanks for visiting and your kind comment here. Best, Babsje

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