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