‘Blood’ moon in focus
Spectacular sight: Local photographer Helena Gratkowski braved the cold to capture this sequence of the lunar eclipse last Tuesday night over a three hour period. ‘‘I had no dinner, was hungry and tired, standing outside chilled to the bone for hours, but it was worth it,’’ she said. From 6pm to 8.30pm, the moon moved through the eclipse to become a Blood Moon – a description that relates to light bouncing off the Moon and being refracted through the Earth’s atmosphere, giving it a coppery hue. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned and can only occur on the night of a full moon.
Photo: HELENA GRATKOWSKI