Page started Sep 28, 2015, latest update at 5am, Sep 29|
Pictures taken by Courtney Seligman of the lunar eclipse of Sep 27 - Sep 28, 2015
For now, refer to Lunar Eclipse Details for Sep 27 - Sep 28, 2015
About a dozen or so pictures to be posted, taken at about 60x with a Sony Cybershot Camera; average of 4.5 Mpx per original image due to digital zoom reducing the full-chip capacity of 18 Mpx by a factor of four. Images to be posted here mostly as 750 by 750 pixel closeups of the Moon, cropped to make the lunar image about the same size in all images. Captions to provide the time each picture was taken, and some commentary. First image should be up by the afternoon of the 29th (PDT), and all others hopefully by sometime on the 29th or 30th (sorry for the delay, but I have a very busy schedule this week).
To get started, here's a picture of the full moon taken an hour after the eclipse ended
I'll be using it as a template for the other images, so they are all the same size
Below, the first decent image I was able to get as the Moon rose between trees and buildings on the eastern horizon (taken at 7:00 pm PDT, just east of Long Beach, CA; at that location the Moon started to rise at 6:30pm, but it took half an hour for it to rise above the clutter and clouds on the horizon). Some thin clouds were still obscuring the lower portion of the image, but power lines and poles were no longer in the way. Darker features on the lunar surface are visible on the partially lit western side of the Moon, but the contrast between the relatively bright sunlight shining on those regions and the totally eclipsed part makes it nearly impossible to see anything in the umbra (though part of Mare Crisium, at the top, is visible in the brighter outer part of the umbra, despite being lit only by sunlight shining through the Earth's atmosphere on the side of the Earth where the Sun had just disappeared as seen from the Mare).
(The above posted at 5am on Sep 29; will post more when I am more fully awake, later this morning).