Image Credit & Copyright: Todd Stewart.
As many observers throughout the Pacific region were treated to the first lunar eclipse of 2015 on April 4, images started coming in from the event and for a few days, the hashtag “eclipse” had nothing to do with teen dramas, bubble gum or a car! This eclipse was special as it was the shortest lunar eclipse of the century, with totality lasting just under 5 minutes. It was also the first time since 2003 and the last time until 2033 that there were two back to back total eclipses (the other being last month’s solar eclipse).
This image was captured by Todd Stewart from his location at Riverside, California and what I love about it is the sequential nature of it. Don’t get me wrong, I love em all, from iPhone images to images taken through $20,000 (or more) worth of professional glass. The fact that so many are out there enjoying these events and doing what they can to preserve the moment (and to show the rest of us who didn’t see it) is terrific to see and I don’t know if it’s just that there’s more social media outlets now but it seems like there’s more people than ever out there than ever.
That being said, I have a place in my heart for sequential eclipse images like these. I love seeing the different formats and formations photographers use to lay the display out. This one is great because we take the Moon from its starting bright full phase then slowly, the shadow of the Earth begins to swallow more and more of its Earth facing disk until totality arrives with its strawberry red hue. The red lunar eclipse is actually a result of Earth’s atmosphere and has little to nothing to do with the Moon. As the Sun’s light bends around the Earth all the other (shorter) wavelengths of light are filtered out which leaves the Moon looking (depending on conditions) almost copper to deep red. If Earth had no atmosphere the reddening of the Moon would not happen.
I hope you all enjoy this image and make sure you check out more of Todd’s amazing work!
Todd Stewart: http://www.toddstewartphoto.com/