Blue Super Moon with Blood Red Lunar Eclipse

Blue Super Moon with Blood Red Lunar Eclipse

Blue Super Moon with Blood Red Lunar Eclipse: I thought about sleeping in. I was pretty sure I would have to go elsewhere to see this one. I had really enjoyed the September 30, 2015 Blood Red Lunar Eclipse. That took place on a beautiful autumn evening, at a reasonable hour. This is winter, and the eclipse was during sleeping hours! Not intentionally, I woke up at 3:30 am. “OK, why not go see where this moon is now?” It was actually in a reasonable spot for me to see and photograph it from the beginning of the eclipse until its height. I would not be able to see it set, but in the end, that was OK. Once dawn arrived, the moon faded in the light, even though it was still red. You just couldn’t see the red in the light of day. It worked for me. πŸ™‚

The first image in this gif was photographed at 4:02am MST. The last image in this gif was photographed at 6:25am.

The weather was remarkably good for the last day of January. Climate change has blessed New Mexico with an extremely mild winter (with a resulting curse of return of drought and greater risk of wildfires, etc.). The temperature was right around 32 degrees F throughout. Early on there was a light breeze, but no breeze at all toward the end.

Blue Super Moon  Blood Red Lunar Eclipse
Blue Super Moon with Blood Red Lunar Eclipse

I know how fortunate I am to have witnessed a blood red lunar eclipse twice in less than two and a half years (along with some other remarkable celestial events).

Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share this with you.

8 Replies to “Blue Super Moon with Blood Red Lunar Eclipse”

  1. Cool gif. I have to decide how to present my photos after I process them tonight.

    1. Hi, Tim. I’m looking forward to seeing your images! I have more, but like you, I have to decide what I want to do with them. Maybe just sleep on them :-)))))))))))))))

  2. Good of you to get up and record it, Susan, thank you! It happened here around 10pm, but it was raining. I watched it unfold on the NASA site. That’s when I realised that everything is upside down here! LOL! On the NASA site the shadow came from top left, here in Oz it came from bottom right….it was fascinating!

    Thanks again for sharing. πŸ™‚

    Hope you’re well.

    1. Hi, Mel! Thanks for stopping by and watching, and then commenting. One of the many things I learned from you over the years (hard to believe it has now been years!) was really a reminder that things don’t always seem the same. πŸ™‚ I remember how annoyed you used to get when people in the Northern Hemisphere assumed if it were summer here, it was summer in the Southern Hemisphere. I had not before thought about how opposite an eclipse might look, but it makes sense. Thank you for making me aware of that.
      I’m really doing pretty well. I’ve become something of an old crone, not in the sense so much of just an old woman, but more an old woman who has become world weary and prefers being alone with her own thoughts much of the time. I’m hoping it turns out to be a period of reflection necessary for new creative projects, rather than the beginning of a total withdrawal. Yesterday was a beautiful spring-like day, and I’m looking forward to the return of flowers (I’ve already got new cosmos and sunflowers seeds, ready to plant in May!) and a brighter outlook on life.
      Again, thank you for stopping by. I still miss the old forum. πŸ™‚

        1. Aw, Mel. Hugs back! Here’s hoping this leads to new creative paths. πŸ™‚ Thank you for this comment.

  3. I see you managed the early wake-up call. πŸ™‚ Our household works on doctor’s hours: late to bed, early to rise.

    The portion of the total eclipse I saw was when totality began shortly after 5:50 am. It was already low on the WNW horizon, soon to be out of sight a few minutes later (6:05-6:10 am) due to the woods. Also, this was the darkest face of the moon I’ve seen associated with a total lunar eclipse. I couldn’t watch too long since the litter boxes were already empty, and cats do not like to be kept waiting. Fortunately it all happened in a fairly clear patch of sky.

    1. Hi, David. Yes, those hours are hard to get away from, even in retirement. πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you got to see some of the eclipse. I was fortunate to be able to see it from beginning to peak, but not to its slipping below the horizon. A couple of friends here commented on the “muddiness” of the red color, but from where I was, the color itself was actually less muddy to me than the great eclipse in 2015.
      Yes, indeed, cats do not like to be kept waiting. Another friend says he serves as a concierge to their cat, :-))))))))) Thanks for stopping by.

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