I'm currently writing my blog from our new home in the Drakensberg, South Africa
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Total lunar eclipse this weekend
On Monday morning I was up at 3.30 to check on the eclipse of the moon. When I saw that it had already eclipsed quite a bit, I dashed to my office, grabbed my camera and spent the next hour-and-a-half snapping the moon!
A Total Lunar Eclipse becomes a deep red and is sometimes called a Blood Moon.
The moon does not have its own light, but shines because its surface reflects the sun's rays.
Eclipses of the moon happen when the sun, earth and moon are aligned to form an almost or exact straight line. The technical term for this is syzygy, which comes from the Greek word for being paired together.
I wonder what my Mum is looking at? It's three in the morning!
Total Lunar Eclipse at 04.37am in Marquard
The moon beginning to set at 5.55am. I could only catch glimpses of this large red orb through the tree branches in my garden