Did you see the
total eclipse of 2021’s closest supermoon on Tuesday (May 26, 2021)? If you didn’t catch it – even if you did – enjoy a few of our favorite lunar eclipse photos from EarthSky friends around the world. Thanks so much to all of you who shared your photos with us!
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Andrea Deegan captured the eclipse from Albany, Western Australia, on May 26, 2021. She wrote: “There was too much cloud cover at the start of the eclipse, so these were over the last hour or so when the sky cleared.”
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Photo by Roit Gupta taken in Melbourne, Australia, May 26, 2021.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Tara Mostofi took this photo in the Little Panoche Reservoir of Northern California during the May 26, 2021 total eclipse of the moon. She wrote: “Taken by myself from Bortle 3 skies on a dark desert highway in Northern California (near Little Panoche Reservoir). Thank you, Tara!
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | EarthSky friend Marco Nero at the Bellbird Hill Lookout in Sydney, Australia captured the end of eclipse and Rho Ophiuchi. He wrote: “Shot during the last moments of the eclipse with a Canon EOS Ra astrophotography camera. This surreal looking image is (surprisingly) not a composite. The modified sensor on the EOS Ra captured a brightly saturated crimson flare due just as the eclipse was ending: due to its propensity to respond to red and infrared colors as well as bright subjects. No colors were added; all the colors in this image were extracted from the JPEG data during editing via selective saturation enhancement. I planned this image a year ago when I realized the moon was going to be nestled in the Ophiuchus Complex with bright colors nearby. Though extremely cold at this location in the Sydney Blue Mountains, the view was stupendous and it was wonderful to see the Milky Way appear to the unaided eye as the moon dimmed and turned orange-red.” Absolutely astounding. Thank you, Marco! Find Marco’s original, unedited JPEG here.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Firman Nurdiansyah in East Java, Indonesia, wrote on May 26, 2021: “The sight of a total lunar eclipse adorns the night sky. At that time, the moon rose right over the Suramadu bridge.”
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Joanne Quirante-Escober in Marikina City, Philippines wrote: “I love seeing how the Earth’s shadow moves on the surface of the moon, so I had to stay from the start of the eclipse until the end. It took me three hours standing at our rooftop staring at the sky. I don’t really mind. I’m just in awe.” Thank you, Joanne!
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Jon Greif in La Jolla, California, captured this image on May 26, 2021. He wrote: “I got my miracle! The marine layer in Southern California cleared just enough, right at 4:19 this AM (totality), for the blood red total eclipse of the moon.”
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Photo taken in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia, by Shazri Saudi on May 26, 2021.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Our friend Doug Short in Anchorage, Alaska, captured this photo in the dawn of May 26, 2021. He wrote: “This photo of the lunar eclipse was taken about 8 minutes before totality. At this point the clouds rolled in and totality was completely obscured. From this far north (61 degrees) the moon was low in the sky, and the sky was relatively light.”
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Joel Weatherly in Alberta, Canada, caught our attention when he shared this eclipse photo taken on May 26, 2021. He wrote: “Here’s an image from this morning’s lunar eclipse, as seen in Edmonton, Alberta. Weather conditions were somewhat better than expected but still less than ideal. The two stars to the upper right are w1 and w2 Scorpii.”
The total lunar eclipse wasn’t physically visible in India, but that didn’t stop our friend Jai Guru from watching the natural event via a YouTube stream. Enjoy this sequence of screenshots taken by Jai from the start to finish. He said: “The first 5 photos of the top row show how the moon entered totality. The bottom 5 show it coming out of it. The last photo is not as bright because the eclipse was not totally over yet. It would have taken another half an hour or more. Glad to share this wonderful dance of Mother Nature.”
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Last but not least is Timothy E. O’Sullivan’s shot taken on May 26, 2021, in Sacramento, California. He wrote: “The lunar eclipse of May 26, 2021, reached near totality in my location. I like the red moon, and I also like seeing stars right by the full moon.”
Bottom line: Photos of the May 26, 2021, lunar eclipse by EarthSky community members.