Yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous morning here on the Colorado Front Range with reasonably mild temperatures, mostly clear skies and a golden sunrise. Looking away from the rising sun, layers of clouds, a setting full moon and an amber landscape filled the eyes. It was gorgeous!
With the successful launch of the NASA Orion Spacecraft today, it seems very appropriate to go out and gaze at the full moon. Thankfully clear skies in the Denver allowed for viewing.
I am a geek in many ways and spaceflight is something that has captivated me since I was very young. While I am excited to see Orion take flight and the United States take our next step toward space exploration, I can’t help but think about what could have been had we not lost the will to continue after Apollo. We could have accomplished so much more in the decades since then – if we only had the desire.
Clear skies and mild temperatures in Denver gave me a good chance to ‘shoot the moon’ last evening. She looks pretty good for being 4.5 billion years old. 😉 Very happy with the results from my new Tamron SP 150-600mm lens.
Quite a treat to be able to witness this celestial event.
To shoot a picture of an eclipse properly, you really need special filters and a more powerful lens than what I have. Both are expensive and so I improvised as far as the filter goes and taped welder’s glass to the front of my lens. The end result wasn’t too bad and you can even see sun spots on the surface.
This was taken about 15 minutes before the eclipse maximum as clouds intruded on the main event. 🙁
I don’t have the best gear for capturing an eclipse but didn’t do too bad this morning. A few light cirrus clouds no doubt impacted the sharpness but at least it was relatively mild.
While everyone is calling it a ‘blood moon’, the meaning behind that term isn’t exactly clear. As written on EarthSky.org, some attribute it to the lunar tetrad – four successive full lunar eclipses without any partial eclipses. This is the second of the four, each coming six months apart.
As the sun went down in the Rocky Mountains this past Saturday, the moon was brilliantly lit and some light, whispy clouds flew between it and the surface of the Earth. There will be lots of talk this week about Wednesday’s full lunar eclipse, the second in a series of four in a row for the U.S. You can learn more about this week’s big celestial event here: http://1.usa.gov/ZNyLNO
One benefit of going to 12,183 feet in altitude is the skies get clear, the blues bluer and the #moon clearer. Taken this past Saturday atop Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, the mountain landscape is accented by deep blue skies and a waning gibbous moon. Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous road in the United States and over 8 miles of it is above 11,000 feet.
The September full moon is dubbed the ‘Harvest Moon’ but this year it also caps off a trifecta of ‘Super Moons’ in 2014 – the third time this year the moon was at its closest to Earth. I captured this image last night as a plane was taking off from Denver International Airport.
‘Full Flower Moon’ as seen from #Denver, Colorado. Clear, early morning skies provided a great viewing of the full moon today. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the name comes from the fact that flower “spring forth in abundance this month.” It also is called the Full Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.
Lunar eclipses aren’t really all that rare but they are quite fun to view – and photograph. Of course as is the case with last night’s event, sometimes it isn’t so easy to get out of bed to do so. 😉
I woke up three times last night to try to get some images of the event. Two of those photos are below.
The upper images catches more than just the moon. Below and to the right of the moon is the star Spica, the 15th brightest start in the night sky and the brightest in the constellation Virgo. Perhaps more interesting is Mars, toward the top right of the image. The planet is at its closest to Earth in 6 years right now making it very easy to spot. Even at this distance, the color of the red planet is clearly seen.
The lower image is a composite of three stages of the eclipse. It shows the moon half-way to the total eclipse, at totality, and half-way between totality and the end.
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