All those who missed the only lunar eclipse of the year, which also happened to be the first since 1638 to coincide with the winter solstice, fret not! Not only are the spectacular pictures of the eclipse taken by professional photographers for various media organisations now available, the users of the microblogging site Twitter also took the opportunity to capture the celestial event and share it with the world.
Hundreds of Twitpic users posted photos of the lunar eclipse as seen from their respective locations spanning across the globe.
One among the brilliant photographs was that of a Twitter user called isardasorensen. Inga Sarda-Sorensen, who describes herself as “New York City enthusiast, passionate photog, consummate optimist, equality advocate, plus lots more!”, captured the “beautiful red-hued lunar eclipse” from her Manhattan terrace.
As the lunar eclipse went on for three-and-half hours, another user iambetocuevas posted a picture of the eclipse in progress, describing it “Sigue el eclipse lunar / the lunar eclipse continues”.
Igordphoto also posted a photo of the eclipse in progress, showing the darkness eating into the round moon.
Not owning a high-end camera did not seem to stop those enthusiastic to share their view of the eclipse. TridentTweet posted a picture of the moon in a “perfectly clear sky” taken from “only from Blackberry”.
Another user Blishy posted a picture of the moon, with the comment “The Full Moon looks AMAZING tonight! Not a bad pic from a cell phone, eh?”
Marcello_Moraes posted a Twitpic of the moon hidden by clouds to share with the world that he will “have to see the #LunarEclipse NASA on UStream for the sky outside is cloudy and I can not see!”
All the photos posted can be tracked with the hashtag – #lunar eclipse.
Besides this, a twitpic post by NASAJPL with an infographic on the Lunar Eclipse phases saw comments from users “reporting” on the progress of the eclipse from their homelands.
Over the past few days, lunar eclipse has been among the trending topics on Twitter.
A popular tech blog, Mashable wrote, “You know that old cliche about how we’re all under the same sky? Well, during last night’s lunar eclipse, old sayings became truth as people nearly all across the world shared pictures of the phenomenon via Twitter.”
“As the months speed by, more and more historical events are being documented via Twitter (Twitter) and social networks — from The New York City Marathon to earthquakes to meteors,” added the report that put together some of the best Twitpics of the lunar eclipse.
Twitter has changed the way reporting and media functions. The microblogging site allows everyone with internet access to turn into a reporter. This not only allows for a diverse range of inputs on a particular occurrence or event, but is also faster than the traditional media, albeit the credibility factor takes a hit due to the lack of editorial processes.
Nevertheless, we love Twitter for the providing the grounds for such a seamless global communication at people-level.
If you are not satisfied with the Twitpics, check out some of the awe-inspiring images on National Geographic.