Lunar Eclipse Sequence - Sept 2015

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Lunar Sequence

We had nice weather in Arizona for the ‘blood moon’ or ‘super moon’ eclipse. My telelscope is pretty useless on the moon because it is so big, so I used my Canon 6D with a 300mm lens and added a 2x extender. The moon moves pretty fast at that magnification, so everything is not as sharp as I would like. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon, sun, and Earth are closely aligned, so that the moon passes directly behind Earth into its shadow, or umbra. Refraction of light off Earth’s atmosphere during a totally eclipsed moon gives it a deep reddish hue, giving it the name ‘blood moon.’The reddish colors were beautiful as the moon approached totality. The next similar eclipse will be in 18 years. 

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