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Total Lunar Eclipse

Total Lunar Eclipse
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-09-28
Categories: Sky
Camera: Nikon D3200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1.25 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-10-02 6:48
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Points: 18
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A bit late, but after searching in the many photos which I took in the early morning on 28 September I’ve found one decent photo for posting. The rest was not good enough. Photo taken at 04.44 u. local time with a new camera.

The full Moon of September 27/28 is a Supermoon – the Moon will be closest to the Earth, or at its perigee, as it turns into a full Moon. A rising Super Full Moon can look larger and brighter to spectators on Earth.

Total eclipses of Super Full Moons are rare. According to NASA, they have only occurred 5 times in the 1900s – in 1910, 1928, 1946, 1964 and 1982. After the September 27/ 28, 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse, a Supermoon eclipse will not happen again for another 18 years, until October 8, 2033.
The Moon does not have any light of its own – it shines because its surface reflects sunlight. During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth moves between the Sun and the Moon and cuts off the Moon's light supply. When this happens, the surface of the Moon takes on a reddish glow instead of going completely dark.
The red color of a totally eclipsed Moon has prompted many people in recent years to refer to total lunar eclipses as Blood Moons.
The reason why the Moon takes on a reddish color during totality is a phenomenon called Rayleigh scattering. It is the same mechanism responsible for causing colorful sunrises and sunsets and the sky to look blue.

The next piece in the puzzle of why the sky looks blue and a totally eclipsed Moon turns red is the Earth's atmosphere. The atmosphere is about 300 miles (480 kilometers) thick and is made up of different gases, water droplets and dust particles.
When sunlight entering the Earth's atmosphere strikes the particles that are smaller than the light's wavelength, it gets scattered. Not all colors in the light spectrum, however, get equally scattered. Colors with shorter wavelengths, for example those towards the violet spectrum, are scattered more strongly than those with longer wavelengths like red and orange, which pass through the atmosphere. This light then gets bent or refracted back to the surface of the Moon and gives it the reddish-orange glow that total lunar eclipses are famous for.

Source: Timeanddate.com

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-10-02 9:22]

Hello Peter,
a nice eclipse image, I unfortunately overslept. Really good presentation, good composition.Regards Sigi

Hello Peter,

Hope you are well. Was this photo taken from a car window while on the move? The moon and the star seem a shade blurred as if you were whizzing past......but this is not a criticism rather I am asking being curious. The beauty and splendour of the moon against a very dark background is superb. The brilliance of such moons rather supermoons is mesmerizing and this is when I feel like writing a poem or two....smile.
Thanks a lot for sharing a rare photo as the occasion was such that few are aware.....only true lovers are on site.....hope again family and friends are well, take care,
best regards,

Very nice capture.........

Ciao Peter, fantastic colors for fascinating moon, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,

First thanks for such informative NOTE....
Beautiful color and nicely placed this natural phenomenon. You used 600mm.......
This is the part where focal length of your lens becomes your enemy. I think here problem is just shutter speed and camera shake. Here in 600mm, moon moved very quickly through your frame. Slow shutter speed unacceptable here....I think so.
But nice to see this Lunar Eclipse...... We were not lucky in India to cherish this beauty.
Thanks for showing us,
Regards and have a nice WE,

Hello Peter,
A nice shot with your new camera. The phenomenon is well recorded. Thanks, JC

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-10-03 13:05]

Hi Peter,the sharpness isn't the best but i like your brave attempt of this very difficult capture of the red moon.Not a lucky night for me,full of clouds...ehehe....Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Peter,
your efforts were rewarded by the fantastic colours of this very unusual natural phenomenon.
Regards Les.

Hello Peter

With my photo as you can see, the F1.8 lens with the F1.8 aperture helped me,
what i love from your photo it is the effect that the moon is in motion, TFS


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