astrophotography

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

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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

Envisioning the Universe at the National Maritime Museum

I’ll be speaking at the National Maritime Museum, in London, this coming Sunday as part of an event called ‘Envisioning the Universe’. The day will consist of talks, debates and discussions about the science and art of astrophotography. My fellow panellists include 2012 Turner Prize winner Elizabeth Price, author Elizabeth Kessler and Guardian art writer Jonathan Jones.

For more information and to book tickets visit the National Maritime Museum website here.

Image credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team