Blood Supermoon – 2015

Did you get up to watch the Supermoon Lunar Eclipse?¬† It started in the UK on Monday night at around 1:10 am BST…

Digital Photographer_0146Having enjoyed watching the Supermoon rise as per my previous blog post I decided that I would set the alarm and get myself out of bed to watch see at least the blood moon…¬†which takes its name from the reddish hue the moon takes as Earth’s shadow passes over it. so at 3.10 am I got up… I have to say that I was a little disappointed as to the naked eye it look more like a muddy moon.

Now as you know, Dogs, Horses and People are what I normally photograph so the moon was challenge… I have to say its a lot easier when its glowing white!

So I had a go and I am reasonably happy with my results.

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I waited a little longer to see the what would happen as it came out of the Eclipse and took a couple of shots before I decided to go back in to get some sleep and try and warm up!

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If you missed it. Here are some of the next best astronomical events visible from the UK with the naked eye, as per the Telegraph on line…

October 21: Orionid meteor showerSome shooting stars associated with the shower are expected to be visible each night from October 16-30. At its peak the maximum rate of visible meteors could reach 25 per hour
November 18: Leonid meteor showerSome shooting stars are expected to be visible from November 15-20. Maximum rate of visible meteors from a dark location could reach 20 per hour
December 14: Geminid meteor showerWidely considered to be the best meteor shower of all, it will reach peak activity on this night. Maximum rate of meteors expected to be visible is around 100 per hour
January 3, 2016: Quadrantid meteor showerIn 2016 the shower peaks on the night of the 3 January and morning of the 4 January. Maximum rate of visible meteors is expected to be around 80 per hour
May 9, 2016: Mercury in transitMercury will move directly between the Earth and the Sun – an event which only occurs once every few years. Best viewed from North America, the eastern Pacific, New Zealand or south-eastern Australia, and parts of Europe, Asia and Africa

Harvest Moon

Today was the harvest moon and if I can drag myself out of bed in the early hours I will try and capture some images of the Red Moon tonight.

But why does tonight’s full moon get called a harvest moon? Traditionally, a harvest moon is the name that is assigned a full moon that falls closest to the autumn equinox, which was on Sept. 23rd. (Technically speaking, it’s autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere).

The full moon tonight (Sept. 27th 2015) will be an especially special lunar occasion. In addition to being a traditional “harvest moon,” the moon will be at its closest point to Earth in its orbit, making it a so-called “supermoon.” Plus, people across North and South America, Europe and Africa will get to see a lunar eclipse, because the moon will pass into the Earth’s shadow.

Digital Photographer_0141We nearly missed the Moon rising as we were the other side of the road watching the sun set. The moon rises very quickly and was just poking above the hedgerow when we spotted it and by the time I got the camera sorted it was just above.

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Digital Photographer_0139 Harvest Moon risising – Images taken from Court Hill, Letcombe Regis, Oxfordshire.

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