A Morning Lunar Eclipse

For a brief time, the full Moon turned red before sunrise on April 4.

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The Moon photographed at 4:51:30 a.m., PDT, shortly before the predicted time of totality. Courtesy Gary Seronik

The April 4 total lunar eclipse was a brief one, predicted to last roughly 4 to 12 minutes (depending on which source you consult). But from my home in Victoria, British Columbia, it didn’t even last that long. The eclipse was cut short by clouds that swept over the Moon mere moments from totality, and seconds after this photo was captured. In spite of the weather, I managed brief glimpses of the fully eclipsed Moon that confirmed this image closely matched the appearance of the lunar disc at mid-eclipse.

Seeing the full Moon pass through the Earth’s shadow provided a nice sense of symmetry for me as I was fortunate enough to watch the new Moon eclipse the Sun almost exactly two weeks earlier from the Faroe Islands.

Seronik - March 20 Solar Eclipse

Gary Seronik captured this view of the March 20, 2015, total eclipse of the Sun from the Faroe Islands.

Did you see the lunar eclipse? Feel free to comment below and let us know how it appeared from your location. And if you captured any photos, you can share them with us by e-mailing dickinsonSkyNews@gmail.com.

Categories: Eclipses
3 comments on “A Morning Lunar Eclipse
  1. Tim Yacyshyn says:

    Awesome!

    I viewed the lunar eclipse from Richmond, B.C. (…just south of the City of Vancouver, and about 80 km NNE [and across the Salish Sea] from where Gary Seronik was viewing).

    (I guess us “left-coasters” deserved redemption from last October 8th’s debacle when the last lunar eclipse occurred and where the fog moved in and I couldn’t see 2 feet in front of my face).

    It was overcast earlier in the day, but when I went to pick-up a relative at the airport at around 1:00 a.m., things looked promising – there was only a slight haze.

    I next ventured out at 3:15 a.m. – it was “clear as day”.

    Some clouds did move in near totality, but I was lucky…they were mostly in the northeast (…not the southwest).

    Entering totality, I found the shadow, this time, to be quite “black”, and not the normal reddish hue one would expect.

    As far as totality itself, it actually didn’t look quite “total”. For the 5 minutes it occurred, you could definitely see that the northern limb was much brighter than the rest of the surface.

    A few more clouds moved-in once totality ended, but, except for a few minutes, things were pretty much clear from my location until around 6:05 a.m., when the Moon was extremely low as it set in the southwest. It was roughly half-lit by this time.

    Saturn in the due south added a nice touch, as did Spica, which, I’m guessing, was about 10 degrees due east of the Moon.

    All in all, it was a great show. I guess this makes up for all of those times when us west coasters (especially in the winter) are completely clouded over and can only view most celestial events on their computer!

  2. JIM REEVES says:

    I watched the lunar eclipse from Keystone, CO, and both visual observation and photos until ~6:30 am showed a bright upper rim. The sun was rapidly brightening the eastern sky so I was thinking refraction of the atmosphere lite the rim even if the moon was in the earth’s shadow???

  3. Brian Allan says:

    The website shown in my Lunar Eclipse site for the April 4th event.

    The sky wasn’t all that great but the eclipse was still outstanding!

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