The total lunar eclipse (or blood moon) created a buzz across social media over the weekend. It started just before 20:30 and after an hour, the moon was completely in the Earth’s shadow for almost two hours. If you were looking up on Friday evening, you may have also noticed that Mars wasn’t going to let the moon hog the show; this was the brightest Mars has ever been in the last 15 years, according to the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa.
Just in case you missed the total lunar eclipse, we found trawled Instagram and Facebook for all the greatest pics from Friday night.
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A view from the Cape
Photographer Mark Cullinan captured the entire eclipse in its different phases from the Glencairn Graveyard in Cape Town.
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Photographer Alex De Kock also took these incredible photos of the different phases. Click right to see each individual phase.
Alex also put together this beautiful time lapse of the entire lunar event.
By now I’m sure everyone is tired of the lunar eclipse but here’s the real reason I sat outside the whole night, the time lapse I captured. This took hours of post production too, it’s probably the most difficult timelapse I’ve had to capture and put together! Now the next big goal is to capture a solar eclipse 👌
For some viewers and photographers the weather wasn’t playing fair, but this didn’t stop Roger de la Harpe from getting this moody pic in George.
Moon gazing in the Karoo
In the Karoo, Adrienne Southey took this brilliant pic.
Seeing red in the City of Gold
In Johannesburg, the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa hosted a viewing and even had some Gluhwein on hand.
Looking up in Limpopo
Meanwhile, up North in Louis Trichardt, photographer Hamish Mitchell also caught a glimpse of the blood moon.
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The next total lunar eclipse will be seen from Africa in 2025. We’ll definitely add this to our calendar.
A journalist by trade, features writer on occasion and now the digital editor of SA Country Life. The first chance she gets, Leigh will tell you about a podcast she was recently listening to and how you simply have to make the move from radio. In a previous life, she once taught English on Jeju which left her with an insatiable craving for kimchi.