Blood moon: Supermoon lunar eclipse 2015

Although we have previously experienced a Supermoon event (see: Under an African Moon), a lunar eclipse of a supermoon is a very rare event. The last one occurred in 1982, and the next one is not due until 2033.

This year we would be able to see it in our time zone from Monday 28 September, between 02:00 a.m. and 05:00 a.m. We had cloudy, rainy weather here in the Southern Cape on Sunday night. This did not inspire me to set an alarm to witness an event, which may be a non-event. Being an insomniac means that if I am able to sleep, I’d rather sleep than do just about anything in the middle of the night. As it happened, I woke up at around 03:00 a.m. and took a look outside. Even though it was still fairly cloudy, there were some openings in the clouds. So I woke Willie up so that he could take some photos.

The moon was exceptionally bright last night. As it was his first time photographing the moon, Willie had practised taking some test photos in preparation for the eclipse.  The window given by local astronomers seemed very wide, but in the end it did take a long time from the start to the full eclipse and “blood moon”.

The photos below show the progress from before the eclipse started to the full eclipse when the moon turned red at around 05:00 a.m.

Photo of the Supermoon on Sunday night, 27 September 2015. The “fog” around the moon is cloud. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

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Another clearer shot of the Supermoon on Sunday 27 September 2015. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

Early in the eclipse on Monday 28 September 2015 at 03:19 a.m. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

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Monday 28 September 2015 at 03:19 a.m. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

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Monday 28 September 2015 at 03:24 a.m. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

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Monday 28 September 2015 at 03:45 a.m. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

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Monday 28 September 2015 at 04:00 a.m. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

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Full eclipse: The Blood Moon. Monday 28 September 2015 at 04:50 a.m. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

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Monday 28 September 2015 at 04:54 a.m. In the last two photos the white dots in the image are stars. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

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I live on the Southern coast of South Africa, and write about the things that interest, amuse or inspire me. You can find me at https://notesfromafrica.wordpress.com and http://southerncape.wordpress.com (my photoblog)

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15 Comments on “Blood moon: Supermoon lunar eclipse 2015”

  1. September 28, 2015 at 10:15 am #

    Awesome pics! The best I’ve seen so far. The light pollution is so bad in Joburg that I think it is quite a challenge for photogs on this side…despite the fact that we had a clear sky!

    • September 29, 2015 at 8:11 am #

      Hi Gertie! 🙂 Thanks – I agree Willie did a great job. We got lucky with the weather clearing during the night.

  2. September 28, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

    Amazing photos! We got to see it here in NYC also. It was cloudy all day and then luckily the skies cleared just in time.

    Of course here the eclipse happened from left to right, instead of right to left. 😉

    • September 29, 2015 at 8:13 am #

      Thanks Jackie! 🙂 It’s amazing how people all over the world tried to see the Supermoon eclipse. Something to unify us all. Just wish we had been in the desert when it happened – the night sky there is stunning.

  3. Estie
    September 28, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

    Well done!

  4. Eha
    September 29, 2015 at 6:56 am #

    Great series of photos . . . . Willie did a wonderful ‘job’ as usual [just had to come on and ‘tell’ in spite of the fact I am meant to be on a blog break 🙂 !] Best to both of you!!

    • September 29, 2015 at 8:15 am #

      Hi Eha! 🙂 Appreciate you stopping by to look at the photos and comment. Best wishes to you too.

  5. September 29, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

    Congratulations to Willie on a sequence of stunning images! They sure take the breath away!

    • October 2, 2015 at 9:06 am #

      Hey Reggie! 🙂 Nice to hear from you again. Did you see the Supermoon eclipse? It must have looked amazing from the Karoo – was wondering if Richard was there?

      • October 3, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

        Hi Lisa – sadly, we slept through the eclipse… 😦 We saw the full moon earlier in the evening and even took some photos, but we thought we’d missed the eclipse at sunset… and didn’t think to check that it might be happening before sunrise instead! A missed golden opportunity!

  6. September 30, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

    WOW!!!!! What an amazing sequence of photos … thanks for sharing!! We missed it completely, due to cloudy, rainy weather, so I’m thrilled to see you captured it on film!!!

    • October 2, 2015 at 9:08 am #

      Hi Betty! 🙂 Thanks for your kind comment. We were really lucky that the clouds lifted. I have to confess that I too didn’t see the eclipse through to the end – missed the Blood Moon – as I got tired and went back to bed.

  7. October 11, 2016 at 9:20 pm #

    I had seen the Blood moon last year. Unfortunately, I don’t own any professional camera to really capture the beauty of it. Only in my mind just as beautiful as your photos. 🙂

    • October 12, 2016 at 6:01 am #

      Hi Vinneve! 🙂 It does help if you have a DSLR to photograph the moon, although I have taken good photos with a less fancy camera (as long as you can change the shutter speed). What is useful though is to have your camera on a tripod, to keep it very steady.

      Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! 🙂

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