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Blue Moon Rising by Shawn Berglund

Photo of the Week for August 7, 2015


Blue Moon Rising by Shawn Berglund

July’s second full Moon was widely touted as a “blue Moon,” following the modern definition of the term. Once in a blue Moon? Two full Moons in a month isn’t particularly rare (there’ll be two instances in 2018 alone) and the lunar disc certainly doesn’t take on a blue hue. Originally, the phrase referred to the third full Moon in a season that featured four, but that usage has fallen out of favour — no doubt partly because it’s more difficult to keep track of than the simple two-in-one-month definition.

British Columbia photographer Shawn Berglund recorded this view of the July blue Moon rising behind a distance cell tower. He used a Nikon D5200 DSLR camera attached to a Celestron Omni XLT 102 f/9.8 refractor telescope for the 1/160 second exposure at ISO 400.

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