Supermoon Lunar Eclipse 2015
A slideshow showing the phases of the Supermoon lunar eclipse taken from my back garden in Liverpool in the early hours of 28th September 2015. Despite being surrounded by light polluting street lights, I managed to capture a few photos of the end of totality and the receding earth shadow on the lunar surface.
A Supermoon occurs when a full moon or a new moon coincides with the closest approach the moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, which makes the moon appear slightly larger in the sky. The moon also turns red during a total lunar eclipse as it’s completely covered by the Earth’s shadow, and the Earth’s atmosphere scatters blue light more than red, so it’s mostly red light from the Sun that manages to pass through Earth’s atmosphere and onto the moon’s surface. A great reminder of our place in the solar system, but it must have been a scary sight for our ancient ancestors to see the moon suddenly turn blood red!
Photos were taken with a Panasonic Lumix G6 attached to a William Optics Megrez 72 Doublet APO refractor.