Super blue blood moon

The Moon is up, the sky is still blue, but our eyes have a higher capacity to cope with the dynamic range from the blue to the light than a camera can do…

Anyway, here’s a quick snap of the Moon this evening, it’s waxing gibbous, 94% of the way to full illumination and heading for a Super blue blood moon on Wednesday when it will not only be closest to Earth in its orbit and full (super), second full month in the same month (blue, not as rare as you think), there will also be a lunar eclipse so will look ruddy through backscattering of Earthshine in red wavelengths (blood), although the lunar eclipse will not be seen from the British Isles, so don’t go looking. Nothing to do with astrology, everything to do with astronomy and partly to do with calendar accidents. That said, blue used to be not just the second full in the month, but second in a calendar (church) period.

Meanwhile, camera settings for this shot:

t 1/500s
ISO 100
Focal length 600mm
Cropped from 5472×3648 original to 1087px square

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