Wellington, New Zealand — After all, the accumulation seemed to obscure the finale.
People in New Zealand and around the world woke up on Wednesday to see a space event called the Super Blood Moon, a combination of a total lunar eclipse and a brighter supermoon.
During the accumulation, a glittering moon rose above the horizon. When the shadow of the Earth began to bite from the moon, it produced a dramatic effect. Half of the moon disappeared and looked like a black and white cookie.
However, once the total solar eclipse had settled, the moon darkened and turned a dirty, burnt orange color for many viewers.
In astronomical terms, it was strange: the projection of the world’s sunsets and sunrises onto the black canvas of the eclipse of the moon. But for those looking through the backyard, it wasn’t as great an exhibition as they expected. It’s not very supermarket or ruddy.
Ben Noll, a meteorologist at the New Zealand scientific research institute NIWA, said: “Personally, I thought the sky would be a little redder.”
Still, Knoll overall thought the night was sensational. He heard a lot of people cheering and cars ringing in downtown Auckland, where he saw everything unfold.
Auckland’s Stardome Observatory and planetarium educator John Lowe said the moon seemed to turn into a big, eerie smile overlooking him. It’s because of the bright rim that remains on the bottom.
Rowe also enjoyed seeing the surrounding stars appear brighter as the light from the moon dimmed.
The total solar eclipse lasted about 15 minutes, but the entire space show lasted 5 hours. The partial solar eclipse began when the moon was bordered by a shadow outside the Earth called the penumbra, then moved more completely to the main shadow, reversing the process.
Rowe likes to imagine as if he were standing on the moon. The earth comes across and blocks the sun. The reddish light around the edges is the then-sunset and sunrise on Earth projected onto the surface of the moon. He thinks it’s pretty cool.
The color of the moon during a total solar eclipse can look different depending on where people are in the world and factors such as the amount of dust in the atmosphere and the weather on Earth.
In many parts of New Zealand, the weather on Wednesday was mild and sunny, providing excellent visibility.
The same was true for Australia, but the Korean people were overwhelmed by the rainy and cloudy weather of most of the country obscuring the solar eclipse. Also, in Japan, it was cloudy and I was disappointed when a message such as “I can’t see anything” was posted on Twitter.
Some parts of the Pacific and East Asia began to see the show before midnight, but late nights in Hawaii and western North America began to see it early in the morning.
Skygazer along the east coast of the United States was unlucky as the moon set and the sun rose. I also missed Europe, Africa and West Asia.
In Anchorage, Alaska, Doug Henny didn’t know what to expect from the first lunar eclipse. He and his wife saw just a piece of the moon as they drove to a prime location on a hill away from the winding road between Cook Inlet and Anchorage Airport.
When they arrived, after 3 am local time, the eclipse, which looked more like dusk than at night, was completely closer, so he set up the camera. This is because Anchorage was exposed to more than 18 hours of sunlight on Wednesday.
“It’s a little cool,” Henny said. “I wanted to see a little more action, but now it’s brighter. The light is definitely back.”
In Hong Kong, Dixon Dickson quit his job early to see a solar eclipse from the seaside promenade in the Sai Kung district.
Fu, the president of the Hong Kong Sky Observer Association, chose that particular location to give him unobstructed visibility.
“In recent years I’ve been interested in taking pictures and have been rehearsing for the last few days, testing equipment such as cameras and lenses,” Fu said.
Live streams were available for those who live in places where the eclipse is not visible. And everyone in the world could see the bright moon if the weather was nice.
It was the first total lunar eclipse in more than two years.
The moon was up to more than 220,000 miles (357,460 kilometers) apart. This proximity, combined with the full moon, identified it as a supermoon, making it slightly larger and more brilliant in the sky.