Super Wolf Blood Moon – 21 January 2018

Lunar eclipse in the early hours:


It was good to witness the much-reported eclipse and `Blood Moon` from the patio of the house in the early hours of yesterday, 21st January 2019.

Due to the timing of the start of the eclipse, and having checked the advance forecast for cloud cover, I decided to have the luxury of lying in until 3am before heading out to check on conditions. Conditions were in fact perfect, with a high angle moon and, at the start, a clear sky. With the partial eclipse beginning just after 3.30am, there was plenty of time for once to get organised – not always the situation with some of my wild bird photography.

All was going well until getting closer to the time of the maximum eclipse (around 5.12am), and then in came a layer of thin cloud that eventually turned thicker for the next hour or so. After that, fast-moving cloud obscured any quality shots of the moon, and it was a wrap.

A good session, and along with hundreds if not thousands of people across the country it turned out to be be well worthwhile planning.