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Morning of the (Foggy) Red Moon


In the early hours of October 8, the lunar disc slipped through the Earth’s shadow for the second time this year.

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The eclipsed Moon emerges from Earth’s shadow, as seen from fog-bound Victoria, British Columbia. Courtesy Gary Seronik

While the total lunar eclipse unfolded like celestial clockwork, whether or not you saw anything depended on your location and the weather. From my home in Victoria, British Columbia, skies were clear . . .  almost. As the night wore on, fog settled in over the city, and as totality began, I could barely perceive the Moon. By mid-eclipse, I couldn’t see the lunar disc at all. Fortunately, just when the Moon emerged from the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow (the umbra), the fog began to thin out a little and I was able to get the image shown here.

Hopefully, you had a better view where you are. If you did, we’d love to hear about it and see your photos. You can share them with us via e-mail or by adding your comments below.

Categories: Moon and Planets, Observing the Sky
2 comments on “Morning of the (Foggy) Red Moon
  1. David A. Rodger says:

    The lunar eclipse was totally eclipsed by cloud here in North Vancouver. There wasn’t a smidgen of lunar light or shadow during the lead up to totality or during it. The blood moon was a dud moon.

    On to the solar eclipse in two weeks. Watch for clouds that day!


  2. Rob Crang says:

    Here in Winnipeg it’s been cloudy for most of the summer. Luckily on the early morning of October 8th the clouds were thin and fast moving. I got a few pictures of the eclipse (and Orion) and posted them on my website (crang.ca).

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