Lunar eclipse

Full moon

Full moon

This year has been great for observing lunar phenomena with 3 supermoons  in the past few months and on October 8th – a total eclipse. Australia is rarely well positioned for observing celestial events, but this year we got front row seats for the eclipse. The pressure was on – October’s eclipse was the best one to see in Australia until 2018.

Blood moon hidden by clouds

Blood moon hidden by clouds

So it comes as no surprise, that while the planets have literally aligned, the meteorological situation almost put the lid on the entire experience. As soon as the perfectly round moon rose over the horizon, a thick blanket of clouds moved in and swallowed it up.

Moon behind the shadow of the Earth

Moon behind the shadow of the Earth

The moon remained hidden behind the clouds for the entire eclipse and only the most dedicated observers caught brief glimpses of the blood moon in the gaps between the clouds.

Moon starting to emerge from the shadow

Moon starting to emerge from the shadow

The moon could still be seen as it started to travel out of the Earth’s shadow, but a few minutes later the clouds merged again and the show was over.

Out of the shadow

Out of the shadow

Stages of lunar eclipse

Stages of lunar eclipse

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