It’s not often that blood is associated with the night sky, but Monday night the earth’s shadow moved over the moon to tint it with a crimson glow– an event described as the Blood Moon.
I didn’t originally plan to stay up to see it and much less take pictures; but then 1 a.m. rolled around and I just couldn’t fall asleep. I tried to do some schoolwork, but my curiosity got the best of me and I went outside shortly before 2 a.m.
There it was, the shadow consuming a tiny piece of the moon. It was late, lonely and a little sketchy outside but I decided to run inside and get my camera and tripod.
I hadn’t had much luck getting good moon pictures in the past but I had a feeling I’d have better luck this time. That’s because I did a quick Google search on what the best setting is to shoot the moon. I found this site, which was incredibly helpful.
I set my ISO to 100 and my shutter speed to 1/100 of a second. This resulted in some really nice pictures. I also used the manual focus, which was actually the hardest part of taking the photos.
I didn’t stay out very long because well, I had class the next day. But in the time I was outside some of my equally curious neighbors came over to chat about the moon.
I thought it was funny that a lot of them had no idea exactly what a lunar eclipse was. A lot of theories were put out and it was too funny to stop them and actually explain what it is.
I went back inside at about 2:45 a.m. and didn’t get to see the red glow that the moon promised. As I lied in bed, still not feeling sleepy, I watched a live stream of the eclipse.
The following is a pretty cool write-up by CNN about the whole thing.