|Blood Moon at 06:07 PM IST|
Yesterday, when I clicked the full moon of Sharad Purnima I had no idea that the moon is about to enter a period of total lunar eclipse in next few hours. Thankfully the morning news made me aware of the October Blood Moon, i.e. a total lunar eclipse on 8th October 2014! From a brief internet study I came to know of the ongoing lunar tetrad, four total lunar eclipses in a row, first of which was spotted on 14-15th April this year. Most of the reliable news sources said that today's blood moon would be watchable from North America, Australia, western South America and parts of East Asia. It was satisfying to read that eastern parts of India having greater chances of witnessing the lunar eclipse even if it's for a short time.
|Blood Moon at 06:12 PM IST|
So, I was mentally prepared to capture today's much hyped blood moon. But, in the late afternoon I had to go out for a professional call (yes, it was shitty!). When I ran back to my place I could catch a glimpse of the gorgeous blood moon coming out from the curse of her eclipse. Something is better than nothing... right? I didn't waste any time and clicked series of photos in that window of 10-12 minutes, till the moon came out of the black shadow.
|Blood Moon at 06:15 PM IST|
If you ask me why is it called "Blood Moon", as of now I don't have any reliable answer to your query. The term "Blood Moon" has some connection with Biblical prophecy which says, "The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood before the great and dreadful day of the LORD comes" (sounds too scary right?). In my common man's thinking I guess it's the sweet copper red color that earned the moon this mythological-sounding mysterious name "Blood Moon". If you are interested stay ready on 4th April 2015, there'll be another lunar eclipse for you to catch!
|Blood Moon at 06:23 PM IST after it's totally out of the lunar eclipse!|
If you want to learn how to capture good moon photos with a simple point and shoot camera, click here to read my easy tutorial cum photo story on the same. Clicking the full moon is really fun!