Super blood wolf moon

blood moon over hawi

blood moonThe recent lunar eclipse occurred last Sunday evening here in Hawaii. When the moon rose at 6:02 p.m. (five minutes before sunset) the eclipse was already well underway. Where I was watching, the sky was hazy so the moon wasn’t very clear. It then disappeared into a bank of clouds and I considered heading for home. But the cloud bank wasn’t huge and was drifting away from the area I was watching.

Sure enough, a little before 7 p.m., the now fully-eclipsed moon slid above the clouds into a beautiful starlit night. I took some photos where I’d set up, down by the coast, and then headed into Hawi to see what it looked like there.

Above is a view from downtown Hawi (not exactly hopping at 7:20 on Sunday night). To the right is the moon soon after it rose above the clouds before the sky was fully dark. Below is the night sky with the moon in the bottom left and Orion at the top right.

Why the grand name for this eclipse? The moon was closer to the Earth than normal so it seemed bigger and brighter than usual, which is known as a supermoon. Because this was a total eclipse it gave the moon a red tint, which is known as a blood moon. And January’s full moon is sometimes called a wolf moon. Voila – a super blood wolf moon.

Posted in response to this week’s Sunday Stills challenge on the theme of ‘Night,’ (See more responses here.) and this week’s Friendly Friday challenge on the theme of ‘Coral-ish colors.’ (See more responses here.)

blood moon and orion

15 thoughts on “Super blood wolf moon

  1. Thanks for sharing. I slept through the Blood Moon. We were advised to see it a 4.20 am here, and that is between the two ends of the candle I am always burning! Great shots though. I love the top one of the town, you still managed to capture all the colour of the moon.

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  2. Great photos of the super blood wolf moon. I’m glad you got to see it. In the UK, we had to be up at 5 am to see it. Unfortunately, the night sky was cloudy, so I missed it. Typically, the following night was cloudless.
    Thanks for participating and sharing your views of the super moon with us.

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    • Thanks Hugh. The eclipse was very convenient for us in Hawaii, though I nearly gave up because of the clouds at moonrise. I’m glad I stuck around because it turned into a perfect starlit night. I hope to check out other entries later when I get home again.

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        • Where I was, down on the coast, there weren’t any other lights, but even in town the stars still stood out pretty well. In general, the Big Island has a lot of good stargazing opportunities because the skies are often clear and there’s not a lot of light pollution. My camera is a Panasonic Lumix FZ200 which I like a lot for its versatility. There is a newer version, the FZ300, that’s been out for a while now.

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