Lunar Eclipse as seen from Greatworth, a few miles from Sulgrave

28th September at 02.57

28th September at 02.57

The remarkable photographs in this item were taken by John Sheppard, one time resident of Sulgrave and a former parish councillor.

See the full sequence on the next page.


_DSC5050a27th September 2015 at 23.55


_DSC5057a28th September 2015 at 01.15


_DSC5060a28th September 2015 at 01.39


_DSC5062a28th September 2015 at 02.03


_DSC5064a28th September 2015 at 02.11


_DSC5068a28th September 2015 at 02.25


_DSC5076 (1)a28th September 2015 at 02.57

The following information from the BBC website:

In a total lunar eclipse, the Earth, Sun and Moon are almost exactly in line and the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. This eclipse was a rare celestial event, since it coincided with a so-called “supermoon”.

A supermoon occurs when the Moon is in the closest part of its orbit to Earth, meaning it appears larger in the sky.

This phenomenon was last observed in 1982 and will not be back before 2033.

The moon looks rust-coloured during a total lunar eclipse – giving rise to its nickname Blood Moon. This is because the Earth’s atmosphere scatters blue light more strongly than red light, and it is this red light that reaches the lunar surface.



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