Supermoon Eclipse: A Retrospective (sort of).

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Sunday was overcast for much of the day from my location. But, around 3pm, the sky showed signs of clearing, making viewing the rising supermoon in eclipse that evening a more likely possibility. By 6:55pm, when the moon was scheduled to rise, about 90% of the sky had cleared. Unfortunately, the 10% of the sky where lingering clouds persisted was in the east, right in front of the moon! Hopefully, you had better luck from your location.

I tried changing viewing sites, to no avail. Finally, about five minutes after the total eclipse phase ended, the moon peaked through the clouds for the very first time, as shown below.


A few minutes later, the moon cleared the stubborn cloud deck, allowing a clear view as the Earth’s shadow began to move off the lunar disk. You can see the brightening at the bottom of the moon’s image, above and in subsequent photos, as the moon moved out of eclipse.


I managed to enjoy a few minutes of uninterrupted viewing before clouds began to interfere again.


I did manage to get one more unobstructed view of the eclipse before the beautiful copper color, caused by sunlight passing through Earth’s atmosphere before striking the moon’s surface, was lost.


While I was partly foiled by the weather, I’m grateful that I got to see at least part of the show.

This morning, I had another opportunity to view the almost full moon, albeit no longer in eclipse. I was driving to work when I saw the moon skimming the western horizon. Because it was so low in the sky, it was pale and huge! It definitely was a supermoon! Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me, so you’ll have to take my word for it.

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