This lunar eclipse was so much different from all the previous ones that I’ve ever witnessed. For a start the whole disc of the Moon seemed not to go completely into the shadow of the Earth, so the northern limb stayed quite light while the rest of the Moon went a pretty ruddy red orange colour.
This made for some very tricky exposure times and processing to bring out the detail that had quite a lot of dynamic light ranges across the surface of the Moon.
Another thing that was very different was the very shallow pass into the Earths umbral, this is the first time that I’ve seen such a shot time of totality that was only 18 minutes long, usually it can last up to nearly an hour.
This full Moon was also a perigee Moon that meant it was a lot closer to Earth than normal making what is now known as a super Moon lunar eclipse…so it was quite special indeed!
As you can see from my previous blog the full Moon looked absolutely stunning rising at 5.30pm tonight but then cloud came literally from nowhere and covered the whole sky!!!
Then like magic at about 8.40pm the sky cleared, by then the eclipse was well and truly in progress and were able to view and take images for a few hours until the end of the eclipse…Woohoo!
The inserted total eclipsed Moon and the full image below was taken with an ED 127mm refractor telescope and a Canon 700D camera in the middle of totality at 9.16pm, the exposure time was 4 seconds and ISO200.
NASA Earth Science Total Lunar Eclipse, 26th May 2021
(Please note these times are not for Australia AEST)