Lightning Eclipse from the Planet of the Goats
Thunderstorms almost spoiled this view of the spectacular June 15, 2011 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. Of course, the lightning reference clearly makes sense,
and the shadow play of the dark lunar eclipse was widely viewed across planet Earth in
Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The picture itself, however, was shot from the the Greek
island of Ikaria island at Pezi. That area is known as "the planet of the goats" because of the
rough terrain and strange looking rocks.