Thunderstorms almost spoiled this view of the spectacular June 15
total lunar eclipse.
Instead, storm clouds parted for 10 minutes during the
total eclipse phase
and lightning bolts
contributed to the dramatic sky.
Captured with a 30 second exposure the scene also inspired what,
in the 16 year history of
Astronomy Picture of the Day,
the editor considers may be the best title yet for a picture
(title credit to Chris K.).
Of course, the lightning reference clearly makes sense, and
the shadow play of the dark lunar eclipse was
viewed across planet Earth in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.
The picture itself,
however, was shot from the Greek
Ikaria island at Pezi.
That area is known as "the planet of the goats"
because of the rough terrain and strange looking rocks.
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