Super Eclipse

September 28, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Supermoon Eclipse Under a Veil of CloudsSupermoon Eclipse Under a Veil of CloudsOn September 27, 2015, North America was treated to a lunar eclipse with a supermoon. A supermoon is when the moon is at its closest point to the earth all year—meaning it appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter. The reddish color is characteristic of an autumnal full moon—frequently known as a "harvest moon" or a "hunter's moon". On September 27, 2015, North America was treated to a lunar eclipse with a supermoon. A supermoon is when the moon is at its closest to the earth all year—meaning it appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter. The last time we experienced an eclipse of a supermoon was in 1982 and the next eclipse of a supermoon isn't supposed to occur until 2033. So, the supermoon eclipse sounded like it should be quite spectacular.

Unfortunately, Washington, DC, experienced significant cloud cover. Getting a good shot of the supermoon during the eclipse was almost impossible. To get this shot, I had to wait for a break in the quickly moving clouds and then take a quick shot before the clouds covered it back up again. This proved to be quite challenging.

Fortunately, I did get something, at least to document the occasion. The bottom right corner of the moon in the photo is where sunlight is reflecting off the moon. The rest of the moon is in a shadow created by the earth. The reddish color is characteristic of an autumnal full moon—frequently known as a "harvest moon" or a "hunter's moon".


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