Total lunar eclipse photos – 28 September 2015

IMG_3689_DxO_eclipse_start of totality_28092015The beginning of totality during the total lunar eclipse – 28 September 2015. Credit: Will Gater

On Monday morning the skies were clear over Somerset and we were treated to a beautiful total lunar eclipse. Totality was notably dark producing a much more dramatic drop in sky brightness than the one I remember from the 2007 total lunar eclipse. The purple/turquoise fringe of the umbral shadow (caused by stratospheric ozone absorption) seemed less pronounced however. Below are a few of my pics from the event. You’ll also find them over on my new astro image site willgaterastrophotography.com.

Harvest_Supermoon_pre__eclipse moon rise_27092015The full Moon rising on the night of the 27 September 2015. Credit: Will GaterIMG_3642_DxO_perigee full Moon_27_28092015The perigee full Moon before the eclipse had begun. Credit: Will Gater

IMG_3653_DxO_lunar eclipse_partial_phase_28092015
The umbral shadow of the Earth progressing across the disc of the Moon. Credit: Will Gater

Lunar eclipse full montage September 2015Composite montage of the entire lunar eclipse from beginning (right) to end (left). Credit: Will Gater

IMG_3731_DxO_lunareclipse_28092015_ozone_edgeThe delicate purple edge of the umbral shadow shortly after totality had ended. Credit: Will Gater

IMG_9054_DxO_eclipse widefield stars of pisces_28092015Stars down to around 13th magnitude showing up behind the totally eclipsed Moon. Credit: Will Gater

IMG_3713_DxO_eclipse wide field_28092015A wide-field view of the totally eclipsed Moon. Credit: Will Gater

Umbral shadow montage eclipse 28092015Montage showing the rough outline of the umbral shadow. Credit: Will Gater

IMG_3706_DxO_eclipse_28092015_0248utThe moment of greatest eclipse. Credit: Will Gater

IMG_3693_DxO_eclipse_28092015The totally eclipsed Moon above thin cloud and a hedgerow. Credit: Will Gater

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