Shine on supermoon

Brighter minds than mine have come up with some mighty big names for what I just saw in my Syracuse sky.

It was not just any old moon this evening, you should know. According to Robert Roy Britt writing on livescience.com, we started with a full moon and raised the ante with a lunar eclipse. We’ll have a super moon that will yield a blood moon effect.

Indeed.

Out front of the Little Bitty,

Out front of the Little Bitty,

At peak, come 10:47 p.m. EDT, I was out front of the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood, aiming my iPhone 6 toward the sky. I zoomed, and I shot at regular focus. I knew neither would do justice to the beauty I saw with my eyes.

It made me feel tiny, the grandness of the bigger moon with that hint of red.

Without a zoom on my iPhone 6.

Without a zoom on my iPhone 6.

Good Neighbor Tim came out with his good camera and a tripod. I walked up his driveway, and we shared the nice moment. I took a look through his viewfinder. Nice. He said he’d email me his work. I’ll update with the better photo when he does.

And now, just in from Tim, a sequence, top to bottom, from earlier in the evening through the eclipse. Please enjoy.

Earliest tonight. (Photo by Tim Garriques)

Earliest tonight. (Photo by Tim Garriques)

Next in line. (Photo by Tim Garriquest)

Next in line. (Photo by Tim Garriques)

Middle shot. (Photo by Tim Garriques)

Middle shot. (Photo by Tim Garriques)

Almost there. (Photo by Tim Garriques)

Almost there. (Photo by Tim Garriques)

Final eclipse shot. (Photo by Tim Garriques)

Final eclipse shot. (Photo by Tim Garriques)

Did you see the blood moon total eclipse tonight, and if so, what did you think? When you look up to the night sky, and what is your favorite sight? Do you consider yourself a dreamer or a realist?

66 thoughts on “Shine on supermoon

  1. Hi Mark, I did not get to witness the whole event. I looked at the moon before I went to bed at around 11 or so and it was brilliantly bright with this enormous ring around it. These are some great photos. The moon looks more pink than red, I think they should call it an Erythema Moon, it is more the color of cellulitis than blood. I like that – Erythema Moon. Sounds creepier, more sci-fi.

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  2. I had forgotten about the eclipse until I was on the Mecca patio for midnight break and someone mentioned it. Wasn’t sure what time it was supposed to be, but was told it was already over. Not that there would have been a sight to see anyway, they said it was too cloudy at the time to see anything. But those clouds were definitely gone by the bewitching hour, because the moon was directly overhead and as full and bright as I’ve ever seen it…

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  3. It was stunning, had a beautiful view from my driveway in b’ville. Shared the sight w/my next-door neighbor ..nice to just enjoy the time. It was very dreamy, perfect for this dreamer.Thanks for the great pix, Mark and Tim!

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  4. Thank you for the gorgeous pictures. I don’t need to go to the NASA site now! We were watching but the clouds obscured our view of the moon half way through. We saw the moon fully eclipse then did not get to watch it wax again.

    Dreamer, of course.

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  5. Great pics! I missed the actual eclipse though… tried to stay awake, just couldnt! Great to see what I missed out on. The moon was spectacular even before the eclipse began.

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  6. how beautiful – i love the story behind this moon. i tried to see it before i went to sleep but it was too cloudy here. something about these special moons is powerful –

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  7. Last night’s moon followed me on my journey home over my right shoulder as I travelled back from seeing my folks. It had been pretty impressive the past two nights as it travelled over the village and I took a few shots I may post here. But as the eclipse did not occur over here until 3 a.m. I decided to leave it for others to see and share their photos. You have some good neighbours, Mark. Thank Tim for sharing. Roy

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  8. Our moon looked like you photos pretty much. We had clouds earlier in the eclipse. I checked out NASA and they had a some nice views from our Griffith Observatory here in LA. But they have a telescope so it makes a difference.

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  9. Oh gosh Mark! So we actually went out tonight to see a friend’s band…left at about 7 looking for the moon for the whole 45 minutes over…nothing. Went in to see the band, by the time we came out it was totally in shadows and we could only see a sliver. Bummer. Good thing we have peeps like you to provide photos.

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      • Yes, they were. Maybe even worth potentially missing the moon for. I heard the best view was going to be from about 7:15 -8:30. They played from 8-8:45 and the moon certain wasn’t visible before then. Actually, who knows if we ever would have gotten a shot of it at all.

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