Full moon fever

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Total lunar eclipses are a spectacular sight.  It’s not that often the moon turns an unnatural shade of red, hanging in the sky looking like some type of foreboding alien planet. With an eclipse scheduled for this morning I set up my Canon EOS 5D MK III with a 300mm lens and 1.4 converter and waited for the celestial show to begin.

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The partial lunar eclipse began just before 11 p.m. Monday evening with the the midpoint of the total eclipse scheduled for 12;46 a.m. Tuesday morning.  A layer of thin clouds created a hazy sky for a portion of the eclipse view but the cloud layer was illuminated eerily by the moon as stars shined behind.

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As the moon entered the full eclipse the gray dull color of the moon shifted a pale red signaling the beginning of the Blood Moon.

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I didn’t stay up to watch the moon exit the Earth’s shadow I was content to have the pictures of the shadow creeping across the earth’s surface. the next total lunar eclipse will be in the early morning hours of late October with the next lunar eclipse after that not scheduled until 2019.