Galloway Astronomy Centre captured some stunning images of the so-called Blood Moon earlier this week.
In the early hours of Monday, September 28 the moon turned a dark copper colour as it entered the Earth’s shadow during a lunar eclipse.
By chance it also occured at exactly the same time as the moon was at its closest to Earth making it a fortunate double-whammy of an ‘eclipsed supermoon’. This was the first lunar eclipse which could be seen from start to finish in the UK for eight years.
Centre owner Mike Alexander said: “A lunar eclipse occurs because of an exact alignment of the Sun, the Earth and the Moon so that the shadow of the Earth falls across the Moon’s face. In a simliar way that light from the setting Sun turns red, so sunlight passing through the Earth’s atmosphere is refracted, ie. bent, to an extent where red light is the only colour that reaches the Moon.”
Guests at the centre were thrilled as the full lunar eclipse revealed a spiral arm of the Milky way stretching across the night sky, being city dwellers, something they had not seen before. A BBC Scotland cameraman was also filming the event for a future episode of the ‘How Scotland Works’ programme. The next full lunar eclipse is in January 2019 but Mike added that on July 27, 2018 the Moon will rise fully eclipsed at around 9.30pm. Picture: M. Alexander