Blood Moon Eclipse

August 29, 2007 at 11:01 am | Posted in All, Australia, Environment, news | 3 Comments

Blood Moon Eclipse - screenshot from the live video streaming at Springbrook Research Laboratory in Queensland

It was spectacular looking at a moon with the red coppery glow. Last night’s lunar eclipse was the first time I have ever sighted the phenomenon. It was awesome looking at it in binoculars. You can actually see a bit of details of the moon’s surface. Although the viewing was a bit intermittent owing to the extremely overcast skies, we were still able to have good glimpses of this rare occurence.

The eclipse started at about 7:50 pm when the moon started to move slowly into the earth’s shadow. The clouds obscured the view so I didn’t really appreciate it at first. But the skies cleared at about 9 pm. We had good views since then. Just as the moon disappeared into the shadow, it slowly turned reddish. The glow was more of a red-orange than a bright red.

Later as the moon moved out of the shadow of the earth, we saw a bluish glow in the top most half of the moon while the bottom half was still red.

We were also following a live video streaming of the eclipse from the Springbrook Research Laboratory in Queensland at the Discovery Channel Australia website. The website was streaming live videos from two other sites, Talbot Observatory in Victoria and Southern Cross Observatory in Tasmania but Queensland offered the clearest views.

Our camera was not powerful enough to be able for us to take good photos but I was able to take screenshots of the video streaming from Queensland.

The next total lunar eclipse that can be seen from beginning to end after this one will be in 2011.

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  1. Good for you guys! From our place, there was a stupid cloud obstructing our view of the bloody moon (pun intended). Ah well. Maybe next time.

  2. We had a blue moon in my part of the world recently… and I was half-expecting a BLUE moon, lol. My camera wasn’t powerful enough to get any kind of detailed photo, either. Just a white dot in a black sky, hehe.

  3. I missed it here… too cloudy on this side of Australia!


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