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2015 September 29

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Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse and Lightning Storm
Image Credit & Copyright: Jose Antonio Hervás

Explanation: What's more rare than a supermoon total lunar eclipse? How about a supermoon total lunar eclipse over a lightning storm. Such an electrifying sequence was captured yesterday from Ibiza, an island in southeastern Spain. After planning the location for beauty, and the timing to capture the entire eclipse sequence, the only thing that had to cooperate for this astrophotographer to capture a memorable eclipse sequence was the weather. What looked to be a bother on the horizon, though, turned out to be a blessing. The composite picture features over 200 digitally combined images from the same location over the course of a night. The full moon is seen setting as it faded to red in Earth's shadow and then returned to normal. The fortuitous lightning is seen reflected in the Mediterranean to the right of the 400-meter tall rocky island of Es Vedra. Although the next total eclipse of a large and bright supermoon will occur in 2033, the next total eclipse of any full moon will occur in January 2018 and be best visible from eastern Asia and Australia.

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OK, I will walk you through it...

 

The stars, water, thunderstorm & lightning are one long exposure but no moon!

 

You can tell that because the stars would have moved along an arc of 30° to 45° to the West. (Earth rotates 15° per hour, eclipse took 2 to 3 hours)

 

Moon is too low in the sky - for his Latitude it should have been closer to 80° altitude...

 

When viewed from Earth, the Moon does not travel in a straight line! It would be in an arc, as shown below. Only if you are directly under it, would it be closer to a straight line.

 

It would have started about 2AM at that Longitude so it is most unlikely there would be any vestige of a sunset around.

 

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It was stated that it was a composite of over 200 digital photos, so I think that explains the departure from reality.

 

Edit: I should point out in the picture I got from NASA, the arc of the moon is exaggerated. They used a fish eye lens.

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And that folks is how you throw water on a really imaginative photo.

 

No "water" thrown...

 

The photo was more Art than accuracy. Just as a Painter often adds to a painting, things that are not really present for the sake of balance, so did the author of the picture.

 

This does not in anyway detract from the beauty and I was only answering the unbelieving ;)

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It was stated that it was a composite of over 200 digital photos, so I think that explains the departure from reality.

 

 

So, if it was explained in the first post, was there really any need for you to scoff at it?

 

You did, you know.

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