This Blog Will Be Temporarily Eclipsed

by | Jun 15, 2011 | Johannesburg | 10 comments

There was a total lunar eclipse in the Southern Hemisphere tonight. Joe and I went to an eclipse-viewing party at a friend’s house. Here are some funky (i.e., blurry) photos of the evening.

Full moon above Joe’s friend Neville’s house. This is the perfect time of year to watch a lunar eclipse in Joburg because the sky is crystal clear nearly every night.

Joe’s friends F.W. (left) and Neville (center) set up the telescope. Neville is an amateur astronomer and a member of the West Rand Astronomy Club. (Photo courtesy of Joe.)

Looking over Joburg’s northern suburbs.

We didn’t stay at Neville’s place for the whole eclipse because we got too tired and cold. But we caught the peak from our back porch.

An almost-eclipsed moon above our aloe tree.

The moon was completely in shadow at this point. The total eclipse, which happens when the darkest part of the shadow moves over the center of the moon, happened a few minutes after I took this picture.

The next total lunar eclipse visible from Joburg will be in 2015. I’m glad we caught this one.

Tomorrow morning I am leaving on a very special trip. I’m not telling you where — it’s a surprise! You’ll find out more next week. I’ll be away from the blogosphere for the next few days. See you on Tuesday or Wednesday.


  1. photographyfree4all

    Wow! Great shots! I’ll look for you when you get back. I’m intrigued by your story.

    • 2summers

      Thanks so much! Your site looks cool too.

  2. eremophila

    Goodonyer! I decided I couldn’t cope with the freezing conditions! Have a good adventure too:-)

    • 2summers

      Thanks eremophila and Kathy. “See” you next week.

  3. thirdeyemom

    Awesome post! Thanks so much! On another note, I am a newbie with Facebook and noticed you have your account under “2 Summers”. How did you set it up like that? Mine is under my name but I’d rather have it be under “thirdeyemom” so I can use it more public. Thanks so much! I LOVE reading your blogs. Check out my new blog when you have a chance too,
    I could always use some of your writing on there! 🙂

    • 2summers

      Hi Nicole, thanks so much for the compliment. Thirdeyeworld looks really cool — I will definitely submit something from my most recent adventure!

      To set up a Facebook page for ThirdEyeMom, open Facebook and go to the very bottom of the page. Click the link for “Create a page.” This will run you through the steps to create a ThirdEyeMom fan page. It will be separate from your personal FB profile. You’ll be able to post updates to both pages, but your ThirdEyeMom page will be “public” — meaning anyone (not just your own FB friends) can view it and “like” it. Hope that makes sense!

      • thirdeyemom

        Thanks so much for getting back to me! I will work on setting something up. I have your 2Summers FB on my personal page and it is really cool. How great of an opportunity is it for you to do something so wonderful and adventurous by living in S. Africa. How did you decide on it? I’ll have to read some of your earlier posts and find out! Thanks again! Looking forward to your next posts…!

    • 2summers

      PS – Thanks for becoming fan of my page!



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