Monday, April 6, 2015

Lunar eclipse

 

Last Saturday night revealed the shortest lunar eclipse this century and our night skies displayed an astonishing "blood moon".  This astronomical event occurs when the sun, moon and Earth align, and the moon's colour is a result of sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere.
 
Despite clouds drifting by, I managed to capture these images.
 
 
 

. . . and the following shots were taken during my 20 minute observations


 



 
There will not be another total lunar eclipse (visible from earth) until 2018.
(information courtesy of ABC News)
 
Linking up with Our World Tuesday
and grateful thanks, as always, to Lady Fi and the team who manage it.
 


27 comments:

ladyfi said...

Wow - how utterly gorgeous!

Karen said...

How cool! Your photos are fabulous. We didn't see it here, it was cloudy.

Linda W. said...

That first shot is gorgeous!

Valerie said...

Fabulous shots, especially the first one.

Jim said...

Cool.

Felicia said...

Wow, amazing.

Jill Harrison said...

amazing shots Valerie. It was great to see wasn't it? I got some shots too over here in WA despite the drifting clouds.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

How exciting to have seen the "Blood Moon"! Your photos are fabulous!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Outstanding moon shots! Tough to capture, but these are wonderful.

Charlene N.K. said...

Wow, stunning captures! Good for you.
We couldn't see it from here.

NatureFootstep said...

stunning shots of the eclipse. I could not see it as it was raining where I live :(

Linley S said...

So glad you managed to get some shots Valerie, Heavy cloud prevented me seeing it. I was all set up with the camera and tripod but there was not even a gap to see the moon.

Phil Slade said...

The colours in that first moon shot are very spectacular. We had our own eclipse recently but with lots of cloud it was something of a disappointment following all the hype.

Joyful said...

You captured it beautifully! I managed to miss it altogether.

Fun60 said...

I've never seen a blood moon but your photos show it off magnificently.

retriever said...

Gorgeous fotos,have a nice month april,
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chai-and-chardonnay.blogspot.com said...

Stunningly beautiful!!

mick said...

Great photos and really great that your skies were clear enough to see it well. We had light overcast - enough to see where the moon was but clear enough to see more.
Sorry I am late replying to you - a big storm yesterday knocked out my net connection - and then I lost the phone while the technicians fixed everything this morning.

jennyfreckles said...

Wonderful, I've never seen the moon look red.

Polly said...

Brilliant shots Valerie, the first one is stunningly beautiful.

EG CameraGirl said...

Oh WOW! Your first photo is truly amazing! I can see why it's called a "blood moon."

Laura said...

Fantastic moon photos, wow!

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

You are a lucky lady! Your photos are amazing. Thank you for sharing.

theflutteringleaf said...

Great captures Valerie.

Stewart M said...

Great shots - I was able to watch the first part - but never got the blood Moon shots - too much cloud.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful pictures; it wasn't visible here, so I really appreciate seeing yours.

regnel smith said...

love this shots of blood moon, amazing!
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