Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE - 4/14/14's BLOOD MOON

My "12-year-old self" had me outside in the backyard between 10:30 and midnight (PST) last night, watching the progression of the total lunar eclipse that resulted in a gorgeous Blood Moon (and see that cool little star on the right hand side?!).  I cop to humming strains from Pink Floyd while sitting alone on the ground, hoping it was too cold, and late, for scorpions.  From my 12-year-old self to you, Moon Man and Mom, since I know the Denver skies weren't conducive to star gazing last night...
No mistaking this for anything BUT what it was, this time around (for those that caught the Space Station post a few months back) - I still never went and bought that tripod, but managed fairly well.  These, and the set of photos below, are in clockwise order, starting from the upper left.
Lunar eclipses occur when the moon is in the "full moon" stage and passes through part or all of the Earth's shadow, darkening the moon's typically bright glow.  During a total lunar eclipse, the moon is entirely immersed in Earth's shadow, and can take on a dusky "blood red" color, due to the scattering of sunlight through the edges of the Earth's atmosphere.  Such moons are sometimes nicknamed "Blood Moons"...(FOX NEWS SCIENCE)
Last night's lunar eclipse was the first of four total lunar eclipses to occur between April 2014 and September 2015.  If you missed last night's happening, the next will take place on October 8th, and is also expected to be visible from much of North America.
"And if the band you're with starts playing different tunes, 
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon"...Pink Floyd's Brain Damage

10 comments:

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

I was out late last night watching the eclipse too. But once it was eclipsed, it disappeared and instead of the moon being red the whole sky was red. I think some fog had rolled in to cause that effect.

Mary Ann Potter said...

Beautiful! We missed it due to rain clouds last night. I'm hoping to see the rest of them this year.

kathyinozarks said...

thank you for this-it was soooo cold here last night-in the low 20s that I didn't get out. beautiful

Jackie said...

Dang I missed it! I had to take some allergy medicine at 8:30pm and it knocked me out, by 9:00 I was snoring away! Remind me to give you the tripod I hav,e it is up in the attic collecting dust!! I am sure you will get lots of use out of it!!
Great photos!! And I love that song, going to go listen to it now while I clean house!

Maywyn Studio said...

Thank you for the fantastic post! Your pictures are wonderful Moon heart brightening!
Early in the evening I could see a very pale glow, and then nothing but darkness in an overcast sky. I'm so glad to see your photos.

Cindy said...

Hey Tanya! I just discovered I can still comment from my old blog! Yay!
I missed the moon last night, I feel asleep On my way! the couch at 8:30!

I love your pictures and hopefully I will stay awake for the next blood moon!

Xo cindy

Curtains in My Tree said...

Girl I was in bed snoring away and din't know anything about the blood moon happening
thanks so much for the pictures for me to enjoy since I din't get to witness it myself

Colleen Mcgraw said...

Thanks for the share. I forgot to go look even though I was up working in the studio :( Beautiful!!

My Garden Diaries said...

Just amazing pal! You and your 12 year old self and Floyd!!! I wish I could have caught this one with ya kid!!! Wishing you a beautiful weekend! Nicole xoxo

Vicki Boster said...

Incredible photos Tanya-- what a sight! Of course I slept through the whole thing-- that's what happens when you have to get up at 4 am!

Happy Easter--
Xoxo
Vicki