After a day of clouds and snow, I was feeling disappointed that we would miss this event. (If you’ve been reading my posts regularly, you might remember that i’m a bit of a science nut.) But wonderfully, the skies cleared late in the evening and the full moon was bright above giving me hope!
I went out to set up my tripod on the deck, and experimented with settings to make sure I wouldn’t miss the exposure. I only have a 200mm lens, so I wasn’t able to get tack sharp images, but it was fun to attempt the capture. (I’m looking into getting a telescope to shoot photos through… if I can find an affordable deal. Has anyone out there had experience with them?)
The night was cold (8 degrees) and clear… quiet and calm. The owls around me in the silent woods were hooting their approval as well. As the moon darkened, the stars appeared. It was a bit surreal. Over an hour of trials, and here is my result.
Below the moon is Spica (SPAY-kah), a giant blue star. Mars was also a bright visible orange. (Too far out of the frame though.)
The reason for the red color? If you were on the moon looking back to the earth, you would see a glow around it. That glow is EVERY sunrise and sunset on the horizon! That is what is reflecting on the moon when it enters the shadow of the earth. How cool is that? If you missed it this time around, it will occur again in September. And then two more times in 2015.
It is the moments like these that make me feel so connected to the Creator. Totally in awe. Totally humbled.