The 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.
The full Moon rising on the night of the 27 September 2015. Credit: Will GaterThe perigee full Moon before the eclipse had begun. Credit: Will Gater
The umbral shadow of the Earth progressing across the disc of the Moon. Credit: Will Gater
Composite montage of the entire lunar eclipse from beginning (right) to end (left). Credit: Will Gater
The delicate purple edge of the umbral shadow shortly after totality had ended. Credit: Will Gater
Stars down to around 13th magnitude showing up behind the totally eclipsed Moon. Credit: Will Gater
A wide-field view of the totally eclipsed Moon. Credit: Will Gater
Montage showing the rough outline of the umbral shadow. Credit: Will Gater
The moment of greatest eclipse. Credit: Will Gater
The totally eclipsed Moon above thin cloud and a hedgerow. Credit: Will Gater
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