Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Total Eclipse of the Moon

A total lunar eclipse was observed across Australia tonight. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the earth sits perfectly between the sun and the moon, with its shadow blocking the majority of the light from reaching the moon. 

This creates a "blood moon", with the moon appearing in a dark red colour, and is caused by the scattering of light around earth's atmosphere and reflecting off the moon. This red colour is significantly dimmer than the usual white moon.

A total lunar eclipse was last observed in December 2011, and the event of 15th April 2014 is actually the first of a series of four, known as a tetrad. The remaining lunar eclipses will occur in October 2014, April 2015, and September 2015.

The earlier photos show when the sky hasn't completely darkened yet, but that is when the total eclipse occurred and the moon is fully red. The later photos show a partial eclipse, where part of the moon is fully illuminated by the sun, but a shadowy red part remains.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Venetian - Macau

Shots from The Venetian casino and hotel in Macau.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Hanging Rock

Hanging Rock is a geological formation located north-west of Melbourne in Australia. It is a mamelon, which is a rock formation created by eruption of relatively thick or stiff lava through a narrow vent in the bedrock, which results in a small mound around the vent. Successive eruptions forms a number of layers to create these unique formations. 

Hanging Rock is also famous for being the location in the Australian novel and film, Picnic at Hanging Rock. In this story, a group of school girls mysteriously disappear while on a trip in Hanging Rock.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

Moomba Festival Fireworks 2014

The Moomba Festival is an annual event held over Labour Day weekend in Melbourne, typically including activities such as water-skiing, fireworks, and a Birdman rally. It is usually held around the Yarra River, Birrarung Marr, and Alexandra Gardens area.