I love shooting pictures of the moon stars and planets, so i was all set and ready for the longest Full Moon Eclipse of this century last night.
The second lunar eclipse of 2018 was a total, a Blood Moon and was visible in much of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, and Antarctica.
Totality lasted for 103 minutes, making it the longest eclipse of the 21st century.
Unfortunately it was too cloudy where i live during most of the event but i’ve managed to capture some great pictures of the last part (and also many after).
I hope you enjoy the pictures (taken with a Nikon Coolpix P900 🙂
On July 27, also the planet Mars was AT OPPOSITION, i.e., on the line Sun-Earth-Mars, and the planet rises when the Sun gets down. It means that Mars was over the horizon through the whole night. Its angular diameter is 24.3 arc-seconds and it is a very bright object of (-2.8) mag in the constellation Capricornus.
Mars is very close to the eclipsed Moon on July 27/28 and is easy to see with naked eyes, weather permitting.
More pictures of the July 27 Moon
19:14 vr 27 july: Penumbral Eclipse begins: Not directly visible: Below horizon
Map direction East 97°, -19.4°
20:24 vr 27 july: Partial Eclipse begins: Not directly visible: Below horizon
Map direction East-southeast 110°, -9.2°
21:26 vr 27 july Moonrise: Not directly visible: Below horizon
Map direction East-southeast 121°, -0.2°
21:30 vr 27 july: Total Eclipse begins: Total moon eclipse starts – completely red moon.
Since the Moon is near the horizon at this time, we recommend going to a high point or finding an unobstructed area with free sight to East-southeast for the best view of the eclipse.
Map direction East-southeast 122°, 0.2°
22:21 vr 27 july: Maximum Eclipse
Moon is closest to the center of the shadow.
Moon close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight to Southeast.
Map direction Southeast 132°, 6.1°
23:13 vr 27 july: Total Eclipse ends
Total moon eclipse ends.
Map direction Southeast 143°, 11.3°
00:19 za 28 july: Partial Eclipse ends
Partial moon eclipse ends.
Map direction South-southeast 157°, 16.3°
01:28 za 28 july: Penumbral Eclipse ends
The Earth’s penumbra ends.