The first Lunar eclipse of the year was on the morning of April 4th 2015. For south California, the Moon was visible most of it 6 hour eclipse duration that started on 2.01 AM and ended just after it set around 6.46 AM at Sunrise.
The visible part of the phenomena took place on 3.15 AM
The town near by, Simi valley, had the normal light pollution. The weather wasn’t humid enough to lower the quality of observation. There were little to no clouds and the temperature around the 15s Celsius degrees (60s F degree). The winds were less than 18 on the valley near the ground. However, from the Santa Susana Pass in which those photographs were taken, the winds were at high speed, and increased the chill factor. The direction of the wind weren’t coherent near the trail head, however, from the peak, the winds coming from North, North East.
The eclipse was crawling on the Moon, as those set of pictures shows. The pictures were taken in different exposures. The longer exposure to show the redness color on the Moon, and the shorter exposure to show the brightness and shadow differences during the events.
And the rest of the upcoming set is the images before reaching the eclipse totally at 5 AM at local time.
And here is a photograph of what it looked like as it get closer to totally
The next set of images were taken after 5 Am and it show the end of the eclipse as the bright light from the Sun start to get near.
One of the most beautiful thing in this eclipse form this location is the chances to observe the phenomena and photograph it at Dawn light and colors. The eclipse looked so beautiful with the morning light and sunrise colors.
The last and next three images show the contrast of Earth shadow, The Lunar eclipse, the landscape and the horizon with the Sunrise colors, and the Moon is setting.
Aside from this, the Sunrise was beautiful as always, and while the eclipse was happening, I get the chances to observe The new Nova at Sagittarius and Comet Love joy close to the Cassiopeia constellation on Sunrise time.
Until the next sky event…
Santa Susana Pass
April 4th 2015