Thursday, June 10, 2010

sky watch friday #86: yes, it really was that red


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26 comments:

Bryan Bengel said...

Dude. Wicked.

Daryl said...

Maybe it was hot ... ;-)

Bryan Bengel said...

It kinda looks like a Hubble photo of Mars, actually. Except... a crescent Mars... Or half Mars, as it were.

Sylvia K said...

What a stunning capture! The color is breathtaking! You surely don't see skies like this every day! Glad you caught it! Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Nessa said...

There's a big fire somewhere. beautiful shot.

Carver said...

That's an amazing shot. I don't think I've ever seen the moon that red.

mARTy said...

simply a cool shot!

Titanium said...

Smokin' hot moon... whoa. Dude.

Dancin' Fool said...

Thats brilliant. The moon, no better subject matter!

Kcalpesh said...

Superb, Mysterious and Wonderful Capture!!

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Eaglesbrother said...

Good shot of the Orange Moon...I got mie last week when it was full..did you take a bite out of this one?..lol

Fireblossom said...

Red moon in a black sky on a dark night....*shiver*...

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Wow!!

Arija said...

No matter how many skies we have see, they can still surprise us. What a shot!

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful shot! I've seen a red moon but not that red.

Mojo said...

@Elizabeth: It was actually even redder than this when it first came up, but it was too dark to get a shot of! It was such a deep red we couldn't even tell what it was at first.

Janie said...

Wow, the color is impressive. Great shot!

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

Does anyone know what makes a red moon, I wonder.
Lovely!

Robin said...

Amazing, it looks like it should be Mars, not the moon!

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Wow... beautiful!
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Mojo said...

@Margaret: Actually, yes. When the moon (or the sun for that matter) is close to the horizon, the light from it has to travel farther, through more of the atmosphere. The farther the light has to travel the more of the shorter (blue/indigo/violet) wavelengths are reflected back, leaving only the longer (red/orange/yellow) wavelengths to penetrate the atmosphere which shifts the color bias to the red end of the spectrum. In conditions of high humidity, heavy pollution, or anything else that blocks light, the effect is even stronger. this shot was taken over the ocean, where the horizon is already as far away as it's possible to see, and it was a very humid night too. When the moon first came up it was even darker and redder than what you see here, too dark to even photograph in fact.

Gwendolyn L said...

This is a gorgeous photo. Unique capture. Thanks for sharing.

Tracy said...

That's an amazing photo. I don't really have a strong lens for moon shots but love to play around with them. I'll never get one like this! Have a great weekend!

Suzi Smith said...

Mmm... love it. the moon has been just in the right position for some lovely gold & reds lately hasn't it!

Dave said...

this is fantastic, it is usually white or greyish.

lisaschaos said...

Phenomenal! Funny we both posted moons on Friday, but I love the color in yours!! Very pretty!