April 16, 2014
Not a Blood Moon
image by Damian Peach, Barbados
This eclipse received tremendous pre-event publicity, probably because it was flamboyantly labelled as a blood Moon. I don't know when this term became widely used for eclipses where the entire Moon passes through the umbra, the darkest part of the Earth's shadow, but 29% of all eclipses are like this, a total eclipse of the Moon. Total eclipses vary in their darkness and hue, and Ed Krupp, the director of the LA's Griffith Observatory, said this one was copper red, as is typical of total lunar eclipses. Damian's image captures the eyeball view of the nearly fully eclipsed Moon near bluish Spica and red Mars and also all the fainter stars usually not visible during full Moon.
Thanks to Maurice Collins for keeping LPOD going while I was in Italy!
Damian's website, and Facebook page
Yesterday's LPOD: Shades of Minerals
Tomorrow's LPOD: How Dark Was the Eclipse?