‘Blood’ moon in fo­cus

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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

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