Blood Moon

Early yesterday morning all of North America and part of South America were treated to a lunar eclipse. Around 1 am CST here in the States, I found myself laying on the ground in the freezing cold, watching as the earth made its way between the moon and the sun, and the sunset/sunrise taking place on the other side of the world was reflected back into the moon turning it a beautiful shade of orange red. This phenomenon is known as a blood moon, and will be taking place 3 more times over the course of the next year and a half.

To the naked eye, the eclipse was visible, but just barely. I could clearly see the curvature of the earth blackening the moon’s surface as the minutes ticked by, but I wouldn’t have been able to truly experience it without my trusty camera. I own a Nikon Coolpix, which isn’t super fancy as far as cameras are concerned, but is certainly nice enough for someone like me who has never taken a photography class in their life. I’m very impressed with how my photos turned out for my lack of equipment and experience, and loved being able to take in a closer view of the eclipse without a telescope.

As I laid there imagining what the whole event must look like from space, I began to feel very small. As I watched the color seep onto the surface of the moon, the way blood runs down an object, I understood the eerie meaning of the term blood moon. It’s amazing the things that happen far outside the borders of our own planet, and I’m happy I gave up sleep to witness it. So for those of you who weren’t able to be in Illinois with me laying on the cold concrete watching the universe align, I hope you enjoy my photos of the blood moon eclipse.

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6 thoughts on “Blood Moon

  1. Pingback: New Year – New Year | The Grey Eyed Wanderer

  2. This is beautiful Susan. You should turn this into the newspaper. Give them an idea of how beautifully you can write. How about referring people to your blog? Grandma

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