I got mooned!! Well, clouded...
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
By Chris Garner - TPS Photography
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It never fails. The word "Eclipse" is synonymous with the word "Clouds" whenever I'm around. 

The clouds got in my way on the Total Solar Eclipse in August, 2017. This morning wasn't much different. Today's lunar eclipse...which is the first "Trifecta Moon" since 1866...began around 5:51 a.m. EST and was supposed to reach totality around 7:35 a.m., but where we are at that time, the sun is up and the moon is dropping below the horizon. Not to mention, clouds rolled in at 6:45 this morning, so I had to pop off a few frames right at 6:40.

The "Trifecta" means that it was a blue moon (the second full moon of the month), a blood moon (total lunar eclipse), and a supermoon (8,000 miles closer to Earth than usual).

Despite the cloud cover...thus the softness of the image...you can definitely see the shadow from the Earth as it begins to creep over the top left portion of our satellite neighbor, but as soon as I got my last frame, the cloud cover began taking over. Around 7:20 you could see through the haze that this "triple threat" moon was very much in shadow. Would have made for some great images...but thus is the life of an astrophotographer :-)

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