The Lunar eclipse of 28th July 2018 (pictured above at 5.37 am) was cut short for me by high cloud rolling in from the western horizon. I managed only a few images before losing sight of the Moon.
I had been preparing to go walking the local streets to get a good view as the Moon sank to the horizon but as it dipped to the trees that cloud seemed to rise from the horizon and that was the end of it for me, just a few minutes into totality. In retrospect, I should have been more adventurous, as their were some cloud gaps and I just might have got more images.
And the rest, as astronomers say, is history cloudy:
My images were taken between 5.35 am and 6.00 am and for the record, this is a timetable of the eclipse and twilight events:
|3.13 am||Penumbral eclipse begins||West||43°|
|4.24 am||Umbral eclipse begins||West||29°|
|5.26 am||Astronomical dawn (Sun 18º below horizon)||~||~|
|5.30 am||Total eclipse begins||WSW||16°|
|5.56 am||Nautical dawn (Sun 12º below horizon)||~||~|
|6.21 am||Mid eclipse||WSW||6°|
|6.26 am||Civil dawn (Sun 6º below horizon)||~||~|
|6.57 am||Moon sets (still in total eclipse)||WSW||0°|
(Note to file: adjust the camera’s internal clock before future events. For the record, my camera was 14 minutes fast).
Image © R.Powell