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“Blood Moon” in Dallas

April 16, 2014 1 comment

On April 14, 2014 we had a “Blood Moon” in Dallas.  This is a total eclipse of the moon, but just the shadow of the edge of the earth.  It turns the moon red, causing the term “blood moon”.  This is seen by some religious groups as a sign the end is near, other attribute many nasty things to a rather normal phenomenum.

The red light occurs because Earth’s nitrogen-based atmosphere filters out blues, leaving reds, which refract around Earth onto the moon. And if conditions are really favorable, it turns anywhere from bright red to rust-colored.  

It was a cold and windy night, and to capture the final red color I needed a long exposure.  The wind cause camera shake, and so the last image is somewhat blurry.  But you can see — the blood moon.

Earth shadow start to cover the moon....

Earth shadow start to cover the moon….

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A bit out of focus, but here it is - the blood moon

A bit out of focus, but here it is – the blood moon

Lunar eclipse

December 21, 2010 1 comment

Last night we had a total lunar eclipse. Although it was late (from 12:30 to 3:30AM), I decided to try my new camera and lens and take some pictures. We had some cloud cover here in Texas, and by the time coverage was total I pretty well had to stop. But here are a few pictures, showing the progression of earth’s shadow over the moon.

 

 

 

Only 94 more years to another full eclipse during the winter equinox…..

 

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