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La Silla Eclipse   -  By: Babak A. Tafreshi

The total lunar eclipse of 2014 April 15 in the crystal clear night sky of La Silla (a site of the European Southern Observatory), at the southern outskirt of Atacama Desert, Chile. Besides the clear sky, I really enjoyed watching this eclipse, under stunning Milky Way overhead. The red eclipsed moon is next to bright white-blue star Spica in Virgo, and the red planet Mars, shining at its brightest, is less than 10 degrees below the moon. On the left along the Milky Way from bottom to top are the Carina Nebula, the Southern Cross, and bright stars Alpha and Beta Centauri. Of about a dozen total lunar eclipses I have seen this was one of the most pleasant.


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