Skip to comments.Blood Red Moon quite a sight
Posted on 04/15/2014 12:39:46 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom
It was brightly lit night. The moon was white and full. I'm getting ready to turn in for the night and I notice it is dark outside. I go out in the yard, look up and there is this most spectacular sight. The moon is red!
The sky is a clear and cloud fee as can be. One star next to the moon seems blue and another almost the same red as the moon.
It is quiet outside. A couple dogs barking in the distance but otherwise really still. I don't usually get too excited by events like this but I gazed at the moon for quite a while tonight.
From the graphic at the link, we are right in the middle of the red most shading of the moon where I am. The website sure is right. It is red.
That’s Mars right above the Moon.
Beautiful view at 2:44 AM here. It was well worth staying up to see.
Really. Wow. I'm going out to have another look. Thanks. I'm really not much up on stars and planets other than gazing at them once in a while. Thanks for letting me know that is Mars.
and that’s Spica just below, in the constellation Virgo,
Photo is getting down to stars of magnitude 9.2 (faint star to lower right of moon in photo).
I took my daughter to see the lunar eclipse, we live by the ocean, so a marine layer blocked us from the last part...but I just went outside and it’s spectacular. Not a cloud, and the stars are so bright tonight.
(We also saw a raccoon and a coyote in our quest for a streetlampless street to star gaze)
It was beautiful and clear down here in Sarasota.
Live northwest of LA, went for a quick run; it was perfectly clear and really a spectacular sight. Blue planet just to the right, bigger one further to the right.
Looked like a Star Wars scene. Very serene where I was running—nothing more peaceful than an ultra-early morning run with the celestial miracles above.
I went out to see the eclipse. The moon was almost fully shadowed but wasn’t red. Went back inside and waited 45 minutes. Still no red. I’m disappointed.
The blue planet is the star Spica, the bigger one is the inimitable Mars, bringer of war.
What part of the country do you live? I live in SW Mo, and it was so red (kind of a real dark orange actually) that is was slightly unnerving.
Looked red to me. Well ... sort of a blood red, maybe.
Sorry, redheadtoo, that post should have been addressed to gunsequalfreedom.
Thanks for the info. Great sight!
The appearance of the moon in eclipse from different locations on the earth, where the moon is visible at the same time, should be no more different than the view of a movie from different seats in the theater.
No color adjustments made and all taken hand held at 20x zoom on my cheap Canon. Started at 1/1000 second exposure and ended up at 1 second.
Perfect clear, dry weather and about 63F at midnight.
We had a great view of it here in Palm Springs. Not as red as I expected but still a good view, nice and clear night.
Well, trying to reconcile your experience, I would first note that as the eclipse begins we see a dark edge appear, which spreads across the moon.
During this time, there is no red, because the bright portion of the moon outshines the dark portion. It is only when the bright portion fades away that we see the dark portion lit with a “blood red” light.
This is certainly how I experienced tonight’s eclipse.
This was well worth staying up for...beautiful and hypnotizing.
watched the entire thing , using a 8” schmidt -cassegrain as well . perfect weather , super view . All the stars came out during totality . Viewed Mars and Jupiter as well . Beat drum while moon was in totality ....
We did not get a break in the clouds and rain.
Dang I missed it! Right now North of Austin it is white and Bright and high in the southwestern sky. Very, very clear and quite chilly outside: 37 degrees...burrrrr!
I get to grumble... In central IN, it was overcast, cold as heck and snowing. I didn’t get to see it.
Great photos. Didn’t get to see it. Snowy and cold in Chicago. ..27 degrees right now. Can’t wait to move.
The alarm went off at 3:00am. I dragged myself from slumber and fought my way through sleep to the back door, then there I was stand in my back yard, in my PJs, looking at the sky. Why? In SC it was totally overcast. No white moon, no red moon, just be standing there wondering why I did this to myself.
I saw it clear in Ft. Lauderdale.
It was a little cold out, but it was neat to see.
The alarm went off at 3:00am.
My sister called me at 3:00 am. It had been snowing all day and continued when I went to sleep. However, when I stepped outside, the sky was clear and full of stars and the blood red moon.
I did the favor to my friend, who too was thankful she saw it.
I fell asleep at the keyboard around midnight and didn’t wake up until around 0400 - didn’t matter as here in Maine we were completely overcast and a fog had rolled in under that.
The next “Blood Moon” of the Tetrad will be in the Fall at the Jewish Feast of Sukkot; Hope we have better luck with that one.
Eschatologist Scottie Clarke has been following it for a while now and has an interesting take on it, FWIW:
Couldn’t see it here, it was snowing........
It had been rainy and overcast all day. Took a peek every now and then during the times the red moon was to appear . . . but to no avail, cloud coverage. Decided that it was futile keeping watch and went to bed. I’m so glad a friend gave me a call around 3. The sky was clear, moon was red and stars were bright. (for a little while and then back to clouds again) To God be the Glory for this miraculous sight.
I thought about the Israelites leaving their country hastily under Moses’ leadership without leavening their bread. We thank God for the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 5:7 New Living Translation
Get rid of the old “yeast” by removing this wicked person from among you. Then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast, which is what you really are. Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us.
Why you did it you ask. If for nothing else than to provide all of us a really fun story to read.
You pic is really good. And correct. The pic I took was not nearly as good as yours so I simply grabbed an old one off the net as a graphic to get the thread started.
Yours is obviously what it looked like. Did you have a pick with both of the bright stars that were next to the moon. Someone told me one of them was Mars. It would have been at a position of about 2 o’clock in your photo.
It's not. It was just put in the thread for graphic enhancement.
Sure can't get anything past FReepers. I sure hope nobody ever tries to make up make up something about the National Guard and George Bush.
It as a perfect night for viewing here in North Central Texas country. I started watching off and on after midnight. The moon was in full display. It was a crisp clear starlit night. The temperature was in the 40’s and dropping with little or no wind.
Before the eclipse started, the moonlight was unusually brilliant and lit up the countryside almost as if was day. As the eclipse progressed, the moon gradually changed from full light to total darkness as it was overshadowed by the earth. The daylight glow disappeared and the countryside became pitch black. The stars and planets became brighter and more noticeable.
The moon was still visible as a darkened sphere. Like other eclipses I’d seen, I waited for the eclipse to pass and the moon to return to its fullness again. Then little by little the darkened moon began to slowly change colour. First to a brown hue and eventually to the orange hue of a blood moon. I had never seen a blood moon before. It was awesome.
As I stood there in the darkness of a clear cool windless night, listening to the barking dogs in the distance, and gazing at the blood moon on a canvas of stars, I pondered what other men before me had seen in ancient times. It was a moving experience.
It rained all night here, so no blood moon. Does that mean the Apocalypse will not happen in Alabama and Mississippi?
No red here in So Cal either....just a dingy brownish.
In *all* of the eclipses that have been visible here, I saw one in 1982 and another in 1993.
Where I live, it must be a hard and fast rule “Change of moon, change of weather.”
I suppose I need to hope for rain *before* one is due to get the right “change”.
The night before this one, I was out with the dogs and the train a mile away sounded like it was bearing down upon me.
I knew then it would certainly rain the next day and like always, it did.
Must be something about these mountains.
I was wearing my rose-tinted specs. at the time!