Lovely Lunar Eclipse

The Moon, the Sun and the Earth, moving in concert, put on a fabulous show, and I am so grateful that the Clouds did not run interference. Clear skies over Naples on the Gulf of Mexico early on January 31, 2018 gave all of us at Vanderbilt Beach a great experience. I promised my friendly neighbors in the adventure a series of images shot with my Nikon D800 and Tamron 600mm lens, so here we go:

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About 6:25am the Supermoon of January 31 looks full, but the upper left portion begins to darken. Notice the detail on the moon’s surface.
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Minutes later the dark portion of the moon grows, as the Earth blocks more of the sun. The moon also appears more orange.
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The dark region and the orange glow continue to grow as the lunar eclipse approaches its peak.
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The eclipsed moon descends toward the horizon over the Gulf of Mexico.
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As the dawn approaches and the sky lightens and turns pink, we catch our last glimpse of the lunar eclipse before the moon has set over the Gulf.

In a short thirty-minute observation, our adventure was over.

If you enjoyed this series of photographs, please share this blog with your friends. There will be more moon, wildlife, nature and landscape photography to come! Prints of higher resolution images are available for sale via Cathy’s website: www.cathykellyphotography.com or by emailing Cathy your request at cathykellyphotography@gmail.com.

 

 

Ready for the Super Blue Moon Eclipse?

In America, January 31, 2018 is our lucky day! If we rise and shine before sunrise, we can witness a blue moon, a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse all at the same time. From our continent, that will be a first — since March 1866. Maybe we should set the alarm clock. (Source: earthsky.org)

A blue moon is a full moon that occurs twice in a calendar month. A “supermoon” is a full moon that appears larger on Earth, since the full moon occurs at its perigee, the closest distance to Earth in its elliptical orbit. ¬†On January 31, we will see our third consecutive supermoon, if this is starting to sound familiar.

As an observer, you will be super lucky the farther west in America you are located that morning, as you will see more of the eclipse before the moon sets. I will be waking up in Naples, Florida where I will witness 23 minutes of the 1 and a quarter hour eclipse before moonset at 7:11am. However, Hawaiians can view the lunar eclipse from 2:52am until 4:08am. Get your camera and tripod ready, and find an optimal location!

I will be on the beach looking westward. How about you? I hope you will share your observations on social media, photographers.

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Partial Moon in glorious sunlight on January 8, 2018 soon after sunrise, through my Tamron 600mm lens.