Blood Moon, 28th September 2015
So Sunday night or, more accurately, Monday morning, bought us the impressive sight of a full Lunar Eclipse. What was even more impressive was its coincidence with the Supermoon treating us to a large red moon as the Earth’s shadow passed over our Lunar neighbour. The first time this has happened since 1982, and the last time until 2033, made this an event worth checking out.
So, despite an overwhelming desire to stay in my warm bed at 2 a.m., I dragged myself up and got the camera ready – and my wife and kids, who I am sure were all delighted to be woken by a grinning fool at idiot o’clock in the morning. But they all got up to have a look at the eclipse as it started to get interesting.
We sat and watched with the naked eye, through binoculars and through the scope, while I took random photos that showed the increasing red shadow as we approached totality. An unexpected byproduct of this process was the emergence of the stars. Normally, a full moon is the worst time to observe the stars as the light from Moon is just so over-powering. However, as the power of the Moonlight waned, the rest of the sky lit up with stars that were invisible just a short time before.
Definitely worth getting up for and sharing. This won’t happen again when my kids are…well, children, so it was good to get them up and watch it together.
Hope you managed to get a good view if you were able to see it and enjoyed it, despite the early start!
Hope you like the pictures – I will upload them to the gallery as well as posting them here.