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Pre-Eclipse Moon

Last night was the fourth in a tetrad of lunar eclipses. It was also a super, blood and harvest moon. I love all the misinformed and confused explanations out there about it. So here’s the cheat sheet edition:
Lunar Eclipse: The earth’s shadow passes over the moon.
Tetrad: Four Total Lunar Eclipses in two years.
Super Moon: The moon is on the close side of it’s elliptical path, slightly closer, slightly bigger.
Blood Moon: Religious term, means total eclipse not partial, or a series of total eclipses with no partials in between.
Harvest Moon: Full moon at harvest time.

This is the first lunar eclipse that I have photographed with my Newest 36 Megapixel Nikon. I used my 600mm catadioptric lens with a 2x teleconverter so I had 24x magnification with a highly croppable image. Here’s my favorite of the moon before the eclipse began, so this is the super harvest moon version.

Total Lunar Eclipse

Blood Moon / Total Lunar Eclipse from Uptown Minneapolis

I set my alarm for 2am, but fell back asleep. I woke up again at 3:30am and scurried out with the big lens just in time to catch the moon as it was leaving the umbra and passing into the penumbra. Which I think is more impressive because you can see it half in full sun.

If you missed it, you get another shot at it, we have four blood moons in 2014-2015, a very rare occurrence. If you choose to take that as a sign of the apocalypse, go for it. The next ones are Oct 8, 2014; April 4, 2015 & September 28, 2015.

I found this cool 4-hour video of the full passage of the moon. If you have trouble, sleeping, pop this bay on and enjoy! Actually, it is pretty neat, it was produced by a private telescope-rental company in the Canary Islands. You can use their telescopes from your computer, neat idea, I might have to try that sometime.