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Blue Blood Winter Super Moon

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“Let’s swim to the moon
Let’s climb through the tide
Surrender to the waiting worlds
That lap against our side.”

Jim Morrison


Hey Jim, let me have some of that, too 🙂

Seriously.

The astronomers did it again. With an uncanny precision they have predicted again the occurrence of a rare  event on the night sky. We had a storm approaching last night with high winds and snow fall. I have not done much night photography and I did not expect to see the lunar eclipse on a full moon. So I did not set a timer.

What woke me up at 6 in the morning? Was it Jimmy? I’ll never know.

So I get up, bundle up to walk to the bathhouse and I see a flash going off. Not thinking clearly at this hour I think somebody has set up a camera trap to get a picture of any wildlife on campus. That’s strange. The I see some shapes in the distance moving around near the bunkhouse. Somebody is awake. What are they doing this early? Too early for sunrise, no wolves howling, no class?

Then it dawns on me. I see a blood orange in the sky. It is supposed to be a bright full moon, but it is not. It is a red moon. Bright at the bottom, darker on top.

I fumble with some knobs and settings to capture the rare event.

What would we do without astronomers? Expect the world come to an end? Or go with Jim?

 

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6 thoughts on “Blue Blood Winter Super Moon

  1. I missed the Blue Blood Moon. I was up early but live in the city and the buildings blocked my view. I loved this post and it makes me feel a little bit better. Thank you.

  2. I missed the Moon also, but my brother emailed me a great image overnight and it looked amazing – definitely blood orange (like a blood orange fruit called a ‘Moro’ orange).

  3. Wonderful :)) I caught it in our Southern California mountain early morning sky. Hanging, Still. On the edge of our valley. Quiet. Paused. As if the entire world were waiting in wonder and awe . . . Best to you :)) Dawn

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