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Total Eclipse of the Super Blue Moon

Post by katblu42 » Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:46 am

Some of us get to see this astronomical coincidence over the next couple of nights.

NSW and Victoria in Australia get a Blue Moon (2nd full moon in a calendar month) by about ten minutes tomorrow because of daylight saving time. It's also a Super Moon, when the moon is at it's closest to the Earth, and a Blood Moon (which is the total eclipse part, where the moon crosses paths with the Earth's shadow).

Apparently Alaska gets to see the Super Blue Blood Moon too. Not sure who else gets to experience this.

And of course it will all be dependent on whether or not there is cloud cover!
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Re: Total Eclipse of the Super Blue Moon

Post by GrumpyGhostOwl » Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:26 pm

I think there was some discussion about this on my photography club page. I'll have to go and check. Thanks for the reminder. :)
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Re: Total Eclipse of the Super Blue Moon

Post by ElectricWhite » Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:43 pm

I'll get to see most of it -- the moon sets before the eclipse is at it's totality. So I guess I'll get a Super Blue not-quite-so-Bloody Moon!
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Re: Total Eclipse of the Super Blue Moon

Post by GrumpyGhostOwl » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:45 pm

For once the eclipse was quite convenient for me. I was able to stroll out to the driveway while dinner was simmering on the stove with my camera and freehand this shot. Now, the reason I freehanded it is that I can't find the little attachment thingy that fixes my camera onto the tripod. I would much rather have done a proper timed exposure with a lower ISO, but there you go. I would also have liked to use a proper wide angle lens (f1.8 or lower) but I can't justify the expense, so I went with my usual utility Tamron 16-300mm zoom. As a result, there's quite a bit of noise, but at least it's more or less in focus... sort of.

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Re: Total Eclipse of the Super Blue Moon

Post by ElectricWhite » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:55 pm

That's still a good shot, GGO!
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Re: Total Eclipse of the Super Blue Moon

Post by GrumpyGhostOwl » Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:27 pm

Totality's just finished now and the shadow of the Earth is starting to pass. Elsewhere, no doubt, it's just starting! Have fun with your cameras and telescopes, everyone!
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Re: Total Eclipse of the Super Blue Moon

Post by katblu42 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:53 am

Nice pic GGO.

I saw none of it - heavy cloud cover all night. If I had a spare 3 hours to drive west across the Great Dividing Range I might have avoided the clouds.

Hopefully others had better luck.
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Re: Total Eclipse of the Super Blue Moon

Post by Chris_White » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:21 pm

Still a great picture. :)

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