June 2011 is a very busy month with several important celestial events. There are three eclipses and the summer/winter solstice all taking place this month. The first eclipse took place on June 1st and the most powerful and interesting one takes place on June 15th. It is a full moon and a full lunar eclipse, in fact, it is the longest lunar eclipse in more than 11 years. The moon will be blocked from view for over 100 minutes, it is one of only three lunar eclipses in the last 100 years to have this long of an eclipse duration.
Take some time not only on the night of the 15th to look up into the sky and the wonders it holds but all this month. We are a part of our celestial neighborhood and it's a really good time to stop and notice what you see, sense, and feel when you look up into the night's sky. Since I live on Martha's Vineyard and will not be able to see directly this powerful lunar event I really enjoyed watching this video created to give me a view of the total lunar eclipse from many different perspectives. I can feel like I am watching it from earth, the sun, and the moon's surface.
Here is the direct video link: http://youtu.be/JhZ-bd7R9Yg.