Friday, September 30, 2022

Building up to Super Blood Moon obscures the finale

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Finally, the build-up seems to be obscuring the finale.

People all over New Zealand and around the world got up on Wednesday to watch a cosmic event called a super-blood moon, a combination of a total lunar eclipse and a brighter than usual supermoon.

During the build-up, a twinkling moon rose above the horizon. When the earth’s shadow bites off the moon, it caused a dramatic effect. Half the moon has disappeared, making it look like a black-and-white cookie.

When the full eclipse took hold, however, the moon became darker and to many viewers became a spot of burnt orange color.

In celestial terms, it was a miracle: a projection of the world’s sunsets and sunrises on the black canvas of the eclipsed moon. But for people looking up from their backyards, it was not quite the dazzling performance they expected. Not quite super or blood colored.

“It was not so lively for those on the ground,” said Ben Noll, a meteorologist from New Zealand’s scientific research agency NIWA. “I personally thought there would be a little more red in the air.”

Still, Noll thought the evening was generally sensational. He hears many people cheering and honking cars in downtown Auckland, where he sees it all unfold.

John Rowe, an educator at the Stardome Observatory & Planetarium in Auckland, said it was as if the moon was turning into a big, ghostly smile looking down at him. This is due to a bright edge that remained underneath.

Rowe also enjoyed seeing surrounding stars seem to dim the light of the moon.

A yacht sails past as the moon rises in Sydney on 26 May 2021. (Mark Baker / AP Photo)

The full eclipse lasted about 15 minutes, while the entire cosmic show lasted five hours. A partial eclipse began when the moon penetrated the outer shadow of the earth, called the penumbra, before moving more completely into the main shadow and then reversing the process.

Rowe can easily imagine it as if he were standing on the moon. The earth would overcome and block the sun. The reddish light around the edges is the sunsets and sunrises that take place on the earth at that time and are projected on the lunar surface. Pretty cool, he reckons.

The color of the moon during total eclipses can vary depending on where people are in the world, and by factors such as the amount of dust in the atmosphere and the world weather.

In much of New Zealand, the weather remained calm and clear on Wednesday, offering excellent views.

The same is true in Australia, although those in South Korea have been hit because rain and cloudy weather have darkened most of the country. There was also disappointment in Japan due to cloudy weather, and many messages like “I can not see anything” posted on Twitter.

Some places in the Pacific and East Asia had to watch the show before midnight, while night owls in Hawaii and the western part of North America had to watch it in the early morning hours.

Sky viewers along the U.S. east coast had no luck as the moon set and the sun rose. Europe, Africa and West Asia all also missed out.

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An airplane flies past while the full moon descends on May 26, 2021 over Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, California. (Ringo HW Chiu / AP Photo)

In Anchorage, Alaska, Doug Henie did not know what to expect from his first lunar eclipse. He and his wife only saw a little moon as they drove to an excellent vantage point, on a hill of a winding road between Cook Inlet and Anchorage Airport.

After they got there, he set up his camera when the eclipse was close to totality just after 3 o’clock local time, when it looked more like dusk than night. This is because Anchorage had more than 18 hours of sunlight on Wednesday.

“It’s pretty cool,” Henie said. “I was hoping to see a little bit more action, I think, but now it’s relieved. The light is definitely coming back. ”

In Hong Kong, Dickson Fu left work early to witness the eclipse of a beach promenade in the Sai Kung area.

Fu, who is president of the Sky Observers’ Association in Hong Kong, chose that particular place because it would give him an unobstructed view.

“In recent years, I’ve been more interested in taking photos, and the last few days I’ve been doing rehearsals to test equipment like the camera and lenses,” Fu said.

For those living in places where the eclipse was not visible, live streams were available. And everyone around the world had to see the bright moon, weather permitting.

It was the first total lunar eclipse in more than two years.

The moon was more than 220,000 miles (357,460 kilometers) away at its full distance. It was the proximity, combined with a full moon, that qualified it as a supermoon, making it look slightly larger and more brilliant in the sky.

By Nick Perry

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