Gardengrrl likes being outside and watching "Sky-TV"
By: GardenGrrl , 3:59 PM GMT on August 23, 2013
The other morning, early early when I was walking Roxie, one of the most amazing moons I have ever seen glowed red on the horizon.
Called both a Red Moon or Blood Moon, outside of a lunar eclipse one does not see these very often.
The scientific explanation has to do with light spectrums, you remember from grade school science ROYGBIV.
Atmosphere plays a huge part in the colors we see. Gases, particulates sort the light spectrum into the colors we see in the sky.
Here is a regular moon. We see these as generally a yellow-white because those are the colors reflecting from earths light to the moon.
(Non Scientific term warning) This picture was taken two days after the red moon. Look how the "belly button" points down and to the right. The red moon belly button is pointing to the left side. This has absolutely nothing to do with color but it is kind of cool. The normal moon was at moonrise and the red moon at moonset.
So, the regular moon shows yellow/white in the sky but from the cameras point of view it is grey. More kinds of light diffusion and light interpretation.
Back to the red moon....
Red moons that are not from the earth light being changed due to lunar eclipse, are caused from atmospheric particulates hovering close to the horizon. These particulates allow mostly the red spectrum through.
These particulates are generally in the form of volcanic ash and smoke from forest fires. It would be more appropriate to call this type of moon, "The Fire Moon".
The shot above was taken with a 15 sec exposure so it looks more like Mars because of how fast it travels during it's orbit. The blur is the moon moving not the camera. I had about seven minutes to get all my shots before the moon disappeared into the horizon.
Other theories for a Red Moon. Many religions see Red Moons as a sign from God that destruction is coming. Prophesies of global meltdown generally include a Red Moon as the harbinger of doom. Granted this is the first Red Moon I have seen in my life time (the lunar eclipse moons were not this red). I was almost disappointed not seeing it drawn across the sky by the horsemen of the apocalypse. So here is my depiction of the Prophesizing Red Moon.
One thing that did happen which was really freaky, is that a cockatoo moon appeared in my bathroom shower. The cockatoo is quite the trickster so I think it means that many of my bird photos in the coming year will be butt shots and alas I have reached the limit of photos I can post in Flickrs "Bird Butts" photo group. Doom. Gloom and doom indeed.
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