The moon passed through the Earth’s shadow during the early hours of Monday, 28 September 2015. The total lunar eclipse captured the attention of star-gazers the world over and provided an incredible opportunity to photograph something truly remarkable.
The full perigee moon took on a blood-red hue, also known as a ‘supermoon’ or ‘blood moon’. The last lunar / supermoon eclipse occurred in 1982. The next one is expected to take place in 2033.
Supermoons occur when the moon either reaches its full phase or is near the satellite’s closest approach to our planet. It appears abnormally large and incredibly bright, making it a spectacular sight to see.
One of our readers and colleagues at The SANParks Times, René de Klerk, photographed this spectacular event and shared some of her images with us below.
- Camera: Nikon D3100, 200MM lens
- Settings: f6.3 at 5 seconds, ISO 800
Photographs by René de Klerk – www.sanparkstimes.co.za.