There are a zillion photos of last week’s lunar eclipse, but this one beats them all. Taken by Chris Kotsiopoulos, a Greek photographer whose images have frequently appeared in NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, it’s a wonderful example of what can happen when you hang in there.
Kotsiopoulos had set up his equipment for a prime photo of the eclipse, only to be skunked by a thunderstorm that completely obscured the moon. But for ten precious minutes, the clouds opened just enough to reveal the moon — which was in full eclipse at that point, reflecting the red light from Earth’s atmosphere. With a 30-second exposure, Kotsiopoulos managed to photograph not only the moon and stormy clouds, but also several bolts of lightning striking the ocean.
Click the image to wallpaperize, and go here to learn why APOD’s editor called Kotsiopoulos’ name for this image “the best title yet for a picture” in the 16-year history of the site.