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Lunar showstopper: Super blue blood moon awes and wows

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Sadly missed it down here, cloudy and rainy, thanks for the great shot here!

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Wow, spectacular!

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Would have loved to see it, but it was to cloudy. Too bad, the pictures are beautiful !

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Isn't nature wonderful!

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We could see the eclipse starting, but photographing with a cell phone was difficult because of the city lights. The absence of clouds was wonderful, but earnest viewers must have gone to Izu peninsula etc. not merely to avoid the predicted clouds, but also to leave aside the lights!

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Beautiful celestial magic.

Made me think just how insignificant mankind is compared to this awesome spectacle. Stood outside until it was too cold but wow.

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I watched it live on NASA to better than going outside because it got misty.

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Would have been great if JT had done a preliminary report on this yesterday or before so I would have known to step outside to look. As JT is my loan source of news in Japan it was great seeing today that I had missed it!

Cheers JT

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why wasn't there more news about this BEFORE it happened? i didn't hear anything about this on TV or the papers. luckily caught a glimpse because i saw some people staring up into the sky last night.

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We could see the eclipse starting, but photographing with a cell phone was difficult because of the city lights

Exactly! Actually I am in a darker residential neighborhood and my smartphone couldn't get much pictures. I need one of those fancy zoom cameras in the future.

I only heard about it a few hours before from a neighbor kid. Most students probably heard about it through their science teacher.

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It was a celestial birthday gift for me. A super blue blood moon on my birthday!!! I doubt that will happen to me again.

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It was a bit cloudy where I am, but at least there were no TV monitors, large crowds or a running commentary.

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@Dukeleto - to post here you must have internet access right? So why do you make JT your only source of news? I knew about this coming days ago through other sites... MSN, IFLScience, StuffNZ to name a few that had mentioned it.

I had actually forgotten about it but when I got home last night my nephew was outside with his telescope and his mother with her camera. I ended up getting a few shots similar to the second to last shown here.

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@sensei258 - happy birthday for yesterday.

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@ Haha - Thank you! I was so excited I was telling strangers to look up as I walked home from the station, managed to get some good pics too.

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@Haaa sorry about that it auto corrected and I didn't catch it before I hit the submit button

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Not sure why everybody makes such a big deal about eclipses etc...

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@Nan - People do make a big deal of it...I agree...but I think humanity has been making a big deal of these types of events for thousands of years. Now we have the internet which I guess makes everything a big deal....

As for me I thought the moon was pretty cool. Was travelling back from SE Asia last night so could actually see it before flying

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Very spectacular and irregular event! I got some great photos with my phone and a 30x telephoto lens I bought on Amazon for ¥2,500 just for the event, which arrived at 6pm last night. "Phew!" I tried getting photos with my telescope, but there just wasn't enough light from the blood moon to capture it with my phone.

I can't believe all these people complaining that they had no notification of the event. It was in nearly every major newspaper over the last few days.

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Trapped in parent-teacher interviews at school during the best time, it was small and not so spectacular by the time I got out. Such a shame.

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Except that it has happened before and will happen again

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I saw the moon the night before last, and last night, and it was beautiful enough without being a blood moon to boot. That said, all three at once is a pretty rare celestial event indeed (well, not like a "blue moon" is actually a celestial event, but an arbitrary date set by humans). I saw it just as the eclipse started, but then it clouded over here. Ah well. Got a cell phone shot but it looks like crap.

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@smithinjapan - I saw the moon the night before last, and last night, and it was beautiful enough without being a blood moon to boot. That said, all three at once is a pretty rare celestial event indeed (well, not like a "blue moon" is actually a celestial event, but an arbitrary date set by humans). I saw it just as the eclipse started, but then it clouded over here. Ah well. Got a cell phone shot but it looks like crap.

I regularly take photos of the moon through my telescope with my iPhone. It's fascinating! The photos are a little 'noisy', but you can't expect too much from a phone camera. I was pretty disappointed that I couldn't get a decent photo of the blood moon due to a lack of light from the moon. One of these days I'll get around to buying a decent telescope and camera set up.

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I have previously taken good photo's of the lunar eclipse but I think it really needs something of reasonable camera with at least 300mm plus lens and tripod. I use a 9-year-old canon powershot with 560mm lens for my lunar shots. Last night in my location would not have worked. Very beautiful when it first came up but became very misty.

This photo of the blood moon was taken by me in 2014.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/zichi-click/15293496097/in/album-72157648125942960/

timeanddate weather site is very good for checking the weather and also gives info on the both the sun and moon cycles.

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Yeah, taking a picture of the moon with the iPhone was a disaster.... seems it's "Clever" software system got in the way and extrapolated the ever decreasing slice of the moon to become a full moon... so I guess will have to wait another 152 years before I can try out the latest incarnation Apple may have to offer....

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The iPhone needs to be used with a telescope for good moon shots

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyGKGBKECkU

Or download an app

Using a night-photography app:

1 - Go to the app store and download a night photography app. For iPhone NightCap Pro app is recommended.

2 - Start by reducing ISO, which impacts how sensitive your camera’s sensor is to light.

To do this, go to the Nightcap app and slide your finger downwards on the left hand side of the screen. Set it to the minimum of 25 to 64, depending on the model of iPhone.You will get the best results using a separate app

3 - Adjust your exposure by slide your finger up and down on the right side of the screen to adjust brightness, until the moon looks grey instead of white.

4 - Set your focus to 100 (infinity). This usually happens automatically, but if not slide your finger to the right in the bottom half of the screen to adjust it manually.

5 - Take your shot, Once you are happy with the way your image appears on the screen, click the circular capture button at the bottom of the app.

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I reckon with a half decent camera, the moon on a clear night is an excellent subject... obviously light pollution is a factor though and it can be annoying.

@zichi - that's a nice shot. I still think a 300mm lens is not enough though (560 is cool)... but I did get a shot with my 300 a couple of years back on a half moon... Used my iPhone to zoom digitally... the definition of the surface craters was incredible. Canon 70d. Would love a 500+ zoom capability but at this point I just can't afford it... my wife says.

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With the local press only commenting after the event, good to see it did not go unnoticed.

It got really dark about 10ish pm under the cloud cover, just as the solar eclipse in 2009 July at about 11am was covered up on these waterblessed islands.

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JandworldToday  01:38 pm JST

With the local press only commenting after the event, good to see it did not go unnoticed.

The Japan Times has been posting about it, daily it seems, since at least Jan. 28th.

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@zichi - The iPhone needs to be used with a telescope for good moon shots

Yep! I've got some amazing photos of the moon in different phases with my iPhone and telescope. I usually take them at the beach where the ambient light is much less. I couldn't get a decent shot last night though because of the limited amount of light coming from the eclipsed moon and being in the city. However, I got some very good images from my phone with the 30x telephoto lens. They are actually a bit clearer than the photo you linked, but they have more noise in them. I might try a bit of Photoshop magic to see if I can clean them up a bit and reduce the noise without making them fuzzy.

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@zichi - good post, will give it a try

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It was cool, looked straight out of something from a horror movie like Dracula.

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@taj

Thanks mate, I just signed up with them.

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Tokyo-EngrFeb. 1 11:21 am JST

@Nan - People do make a big deal of it...I agree...but I think humanity has been making a big deal of these types of events for thousands of years. Now we have the internet which I guess makes everything a big deal....

Exactly my point, this might have been a big deal for caveman or uncivilized societies in the past. Now it is just glaring evidence of how little man has done to explore further beyond in the cosmos, such as a Mars landing! That would impress me!

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This full moon drained all the water out of the famous Venice canals leaving the gondolas on the muddled while in the UK it caused high tides and flooding in the UK.

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