Blood Moon header 4-15-14BLOOD MOON MYSTERY GAZER


There is really not much to be said about the magnificence of the celestial event we have just witnessed. The pictures say it all. Well, almost all. They still cannot beat the splendor the naked eye provides.

So here is now my coverage of The Night of a Blood Moon, from Moonrise to Moonset. Literally…

Moonrise/Sunset – Apr 14

Sunset 4-14-14

IMG_3009A funny thing happened while I was taking this picture (left). I was actually starting to shoot a short video of the emerging full moon behind the Bell Pass that I climbed on Palm Sunday. After a few seconds, the golf course sprinklers erupted all around me. One of them was right next to my bike. So I ran over to move it while still filming with my camera (i thought). Alas, later on, I discovered that I must have turned off the camera. So instead of a video about this funny incident, this little story will have to do.

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Lunar Eclipse/Blood Moon – Apr 15 – My own photos

Here are the four phases of the Blood Moon taken with my own camera over the interval of about an hour, starting at midnight on Apr 15.  It was indeed a red blood moon at the apex of the eclipse.

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In order to enjoy viewing the Blood Moon fully, just before midnight, Elizabeth and I had driven out into the desert around our home so as not to be obstructed by street lights. But about half way through this celestial show, a Scottsdale cop drove up in his SUV. He blinded us with both his glaring floodlight from his car and a flashlight he was holding in his hand.

“What are you doing here?” he asked.

“Trying to get away from the street lights so we can watch the eclipse unobstructed. Until you showed up with all of your lights.”

“Well, I didn’t know that,” the policeman replied, before going on to justify his intrusion. Then he drove off.

“A bored cop looking for something to do,” I said to Elizabeth. “Wonder how he knew we were there?”

Our car lights had been turned off, of course.  Hm… Do the police now have some satellite-based surveillance?

Lunar Eclipse/Blood Moon – Apr 15 – NASA photos

And now, check out how the same celestial show progressed as photographed by NASA’s much bigger and better cameras than my little Canon.

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Moonset/Sunrise – Apr 15

And now, here are some pictures from the final stage of this celestial show – the moonset and the sunrise that we witnessed early this morning.

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And now, I think I am ready for bed… 🙂

[just kidding… it is a bright and sunny morning here in Scottsdale]

Have a great day!




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