This is the third of a series of 4 consecutive total lunar eclipses visible from US in year 2014 and 2015. This is also a very special total eclipse, not because the Moon set shortly after the eclipse was over viewed at San Jose (so you could see Red Moon twice at that night), but it is the shortest total eclipse in almost 5 centuries. However some believe that it might just a partial eclipse as the Moon seemed never get dark.
Since the Moon was going to set right after 4th contact, I went to Henry Coe State Park for its wide open western horizon. The weather was clear entire night, though there might have been one or two very thin high clouds passed by.
This composite is consisted of 21 images throughout the eclipse.
This composite shows turquoise color seen during the eclipse. The exposure of each image is 2.5s @ ISO200.
This 26-pane composite shows the shape of the Moon while approaching the 2nd contact.
This composite shows the change of the brightness and color of the Moon, prior to and throughout the totality. From this composite, you can see that the moon always has some bright portion even within totality. The exposure of each image is 5s @ ISO 200.
The time of the eclipse:
The 1st contact: 03:15:48
The 2nd contact: 04:57:58
The greatest eclipse: 05:00:17
The 3rd contact: 05:02:37
The 4th contact: 06:44:48
Location:Henry Coe Stat Park, Morgan Hill, CA
– Canon T3i