According to the forecast, the weather on Sept. 27 to 28 would be perfect for viewing the total lunar eclipse. The news got me so excited since I've been waiting for that for a long time.
The celestial event is actually a 4-in-1 phenomenon: 1. full moon; 2. harvest moon (nearest the fall equinox); 3. supermoon or perigee moon (closest approach to earth); and 4. total lunar eclipse.
The night of Sept. 27 came. Patches of clouds floated across the moon. They threatened the sky show. They came and went, along with the rainbow halo in changing forms. But they were just so awesome that I couldn't resist taking lots of photos! Later on, the clouds thickened and entirely hid the moon.
When I woke up at 2:30 a.m., the sky had completely cleared, no trace of clouds at all. The supermoon exhibited its flawless silver face while waiting for the earth's shadow to veil it. As I watched its development, I took random shots until it completely turned to blood. I watched until almost 5:00 a.m. and then went back to sleep just when the shadow started to move away from the moon.
the eclipse's progression in clockwise order
Note: My images are not so sharp (blurry actually) because I only used my simple compact camera. In most of the images, the details of the moon's surface were washed out by its radiance. But I was so elated to watch this phenomenon for the first time in my life.
In between my eclipse shooting, I also captured some stars and constellations.
the supermoon and the Pegasus constellation
the brightest star here is Venus
Orion rising, together with Taurus, Pleiades and Gemini
And this ardent skywatcher had her soul well-nourished once again.
"Like the moon, it will be firmly established forever
As a faithful witness in the skies."
Yes, the moon is a witness that reminds us of God's Kingdom and the blessings it will bestow upon mankind. (Daniel 2:44)
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