Wednesday, January 31, 2018

super blue blood moon

A super moon is a full moon that is within 90% of its closest approach to earth. A blue moon is the second full moon in a single month (there was also a full moon on January 1). A blood moon is a moon during a lunar eclipse (earth between the moon and the sun). This morning, we had all three. I woke up and walked down the street to Douglass Park. (I had planned to head to Glen Canyon but was pleased enough with my view from the park.) I took several pics at f/2.8 with varying exposure times, steadying my camera against concrete, car roofs, and chain link fence. This shot is at f/2.8 with a 1/3 second exposure, steadying the camera against the chain link fence at the edge of Douglass Park. The house you see there is at the end of Carnelian Way, overlooking the park.

I like the shot with the house, but if you want to see a bit more detail on the moon, here is a closer crop. The lunar eclipse was just about at its peak point when I took this picture. The time stamp on my camera (which might not be entirely accurate) is 5:27 a.m., with peak eclipse scheduled for 5:29 a.m.

Pairing this early morning viewing with our solar eclipse trip last August, I really feel like I've had a good eclipse experience in the last few months.

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