Blood Moon

Dear blog,

Sorry I have neglected you for ages. It’s not that I haven’t had tons of things to tell you about, I just haven’t had the time. I promise I’ll show you the pictures from Uluru I hinted at in August and maybe a discussion of the platypus, soon. For now, can you settle for my blood moon picture and playlist?

Thanks!

Genevieve

There were about 20 people on the 10th floor of the lego building (no really, it looks like a giant lego) looking east (mostly, there were a few who weren’t sure which way was east) waiting for the blood moon to rise.

Lego Building at Swinburne (aka the ATC)

The blood moon is not, in fact a bloody moon. It is a fancy name for a lunar eclipse. Unlike a blue moon, it actually is the color it says it’s going to be. A blood moon happens when the Earth eclipses the sun from the moon’s perspective. Because the moon doesn’t generate light – only reflects the sun’s light – the Earth getting in the way vastly decreases the amount of light the moon can reflect. A lunar eclipse appears red for the same reason a sunset does – it can only reflect the light that has been scattered towards it, and red light scatters much more than blue light.

Ok, science lesson over.

Moonrise was predicted to occur at 5:50PM, so we diligently stared and stared and stared at the horizon, missing a beautiful sunset in the other direction.

No, I didn’t get a picture of the sunset, I was too busy staring in the other direction.

So we waited and waited and waited. Until 6:15, when suddenly I realized the smudge a few degrees above the horizon was in fact the moon. We hadn’t been able to see it because it was too faint from being eclipsed by the Earth – hence the reason we were all on the balcony to begin with. Yeah. We’re awesome like that.

See that smudge? That is the moon.

See that smudge? That is the moon.

So we watched the moon rise and get redder and redder as the sky got darker and darker. Mars (up and left) was bright and really red. Spica (up) was not as bright and not red, being a blue giant.

The moon and mars and spica.

The moon and mars and spica.

Then, as sure as the Earth orbits around the sun, the Moon passed out of the Earth’s umbra and into it’s penumbra (how many points does that word get in words with friends?). The red faded to one side and the full moon returned.

The moon loosing it's bloodiness.

The moon loosing its bloodiness.

While we waited, someone started playing “Bad Moon Rising” out of their office. And it’s still stuck in my head. And so, because I felt like it, here are a few songs about the moon (and one about werewolves, because what are they without a full moon?)

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~ by Genevieve on April 16, 2014.

2 Responses to “Blood Moon”

  1. Beautiful pictures. So glad you hung in there when the start of the eclipse was such a smudge. The eclipse occurred at 3 a.m. in Boston so no viewing from this location. Now I know what I missed!

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