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  1. Feb 1, 2018 #1

    lekh2003

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    I just wanted to see anybody's opinion on the super blue blood moon yesterday night (at least for me).

    I couldn't catch a glimpse of it in Sydney since it had been very hot for a few days and clouds had taken over the sky. I could however see an unusually bright red tint in one area of the sky. I was disappointed staying up quite late for it on a school night, but lets hope I can see it next time (2037, I think).

    Did anybody see it? Anywhere in the world besides Oceania?
     
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  3. Feb 1, 2018 #2

    Wrichik Basu

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    From Kolkata, we had a view of the blood moon, not the super one. The size didn't increase too much.
     
  4. Feb 1, 2018 #3

    lekh2003

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    At least you could see it:frown:. We were supposed to get a full hour of totality only to see clouds.
     
  5. Feb 1, 2018 #4

    Wrichik Basu

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    That's sad. Here also, it was a bit cloudy at first, then it cleared up to give a crystal-clear view. I'll upload the photos here once I copy them from my camera.
     
  6. Feb 1, 2018 #5
    I had a pretty good view of the super moon, but there was only a partial eclipse where I live. There weren't too many clouds, but the moon didn't look that much bigger than normal. It seemed bigger the night before (but that was when the moon was lower on the horizon and slightly distorted by the atmosphere)
     
  7. Feb 1, 2018 #6

    Wrichik Basu

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    The moon appears larger only when near the horizon, and the size decreases as it goes up in the sky.

    Sadly, in Kolkata, we cannot see the horizon - it's only buildings and buildings everywhere. So, the size of the moon was almost the same as any other day.

    @lekh2003 Just before the total eclipse started:

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  8. Feb 1, 2018 #7
    Wow, that's a great picture.
     
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  10. Feb 1, 2018 #9
    From northeastern massachussets, USA We could see it. I do not have a photo though
     
  11. Feb 1, 2018 #10

    OmCheeto

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    Ha! I called them out yesterday on one of those photos. The eclipse was NOT visible from England, and yet they included one from the Bristol area.
    I researched it further, and the photographer, Tim Graham, tagged his image "Supermoon, January 31st 2018", so I let him off the hook. Being on the horizon, it only looked eclipsed, as it was quite red. [ref]

    Nice photo though.

    ps. I would probably not have noticed the discrepancy had it not been for a minor argument in the other PF eclipse thread, which prompted me to find out what "Europe" was, and finding out what the total eclipse would have looked like in Moscow, had it not been cloudy.
     
  12. Feb 1, 2018 #11
    Yep.I saw. The moon was pretty cool.But I noticed a change in the positions of moon. I mean when I saw blood moon ,it was in one position and when I saw full moon ,it was in another position from my place.When it is blood moon ,it looked almost looked like planet Mars.
     
  13. Feb 1, 2018 #12
    I saw the whole eclipse except a bit of beginning but I didn't any blood or red colour. It was all white for me.
     
  14. Feb 1, 2018 #13

    Wrichik Basu

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    It appeared red just before the total eclipse started. When it was ending, it was completely white.
     
  15. Feb 1, 2018 #14

    PhanthomJay

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    The super moon appeared larger than a typical average moon size because it's orbit was closer to earth than average. That is one reason for its large appearance to the trained observer. The other reason, as I noted the night before, when I viewed it setting on the west horizon, was due to the optical illusion created when you view it just rising or setting on the horizon. It has nothing to due with the atmosphere. It's an optical illusion, and it's closeness to earth combined with that horizon effect made it appear HUGE, although I recall having seen it bigger many years ago.
     
  16. Feb 1, 2018 #15

    davenn

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    you had a view of both !! .... maybe you don't understand what a supermoon is ??

    that's NOT why it is called a supermoon

    no it wasnt

    for a supermoon, its location relative to the horizon is, well, irrelevant ....
    It is called a supermoon BECAUSE it is closer to Earth than normal

    Dave
     
  17. Feb 1, 2018 #16

    davenn

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    so, unfortunately, you didn't see the eclipse
    you must have been outside the eclipse area
     
  18. Feb 1, 2018 #17

    davenn

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    That's well into the eclipse ( not before it started)

    nice pic :smile:
     
  19. Feb 1, 2018 #18

    Wrichik Basu

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    The picture that I posted was taken with 120x zoom. Compared to the pics in this page (posted in #8), the moon that we saw was quite small.

    What we saw was a super moon in the strict sense of the term, but the size didn't increase much.
     
  20. Feb 1, 2018 #19

    lekh2003

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    120x zoom?! What kind of camera were you using, and how many megapixels was the original image?
     
  21. Feb 1, 2018 #20

    Wrichik Basu

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    It's a Panasonic digital camera. The camera provides 60x zoom, rest was digital zoom in intelligent auto mode.
     
  22. Feb 1, 2018 #21

    lekh2003

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    Can you show us the original image?
     
  23. Feb 1, 2018 #22

    Wrichik Basu

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    I deleted it after cropping and removing the black sky :frown: that is the one I have. Other pictures without the digital zoom are small buy on the camera, and I have to copy them to the computer.

    But you know, digital zoom from a simple digital camera (not DSLR) is not very great in most cases. I've miserable failed before. I took this pic on a tripod, and that's why it looks better.
     
  24. Feb 1, 2018 #23

    lekh2003

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    Oh, that's ok.
     
  25. Feb 2, 2018 #24

    davenn

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    your photo is irrelevant, it given no measurable indication



    digital zooms are a waste of time .... a sales gimmick ..... they just extrapolate from the real zoom and can never give the quality image that a real zoom can

    the moon with a real 60mm or even 120mm lens will have a small image recorded
    you need at least 700 - 1000mm focal length to get a decent sized image recorded
    1000mm on my Pentax crop sensor DSLR almost fills the frame
    1000mm on my canon Full Frame DSLR gives a smaller image, about 3/4 frame
     
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  26. Feb 2, 2018 #25

    Wrichik Basu

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    I don't know so much about cameras, to be honest. o_O
     
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