The moon is covered in darkness and reappears in a new time-lapse video of dynamic color and activity, depicting the total lunar eclipse of the past weekend.
On Sunday evening (January 20), orange and red colors shimmered over the lunar surface and overnight until the early hours of Monday (January 21), when the moon penetrated the shadow of the earth in the only lunar eclipse of 2019. Photographer Jonathan Talbot has captured the surreal sky event of Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
"I captured a picture every minute from the beginning of the eclipse phase to the end and ended up with 212 usable shots," Talbot wrote in a video to Space.com Description. [Amazing Photos of the Super Blood Wolf Moon of 201
The entire video feels like a Wizard of Oz – the footage begins with a black-and-white moon that uncannily goes through the deepest shadow of the earth, the umber. With a Technicolor awakening, when the moon completely enters the umber, bright coppery colors emerge. There is also an exciting turning point to watch out for: in the lower left part of the screen you can see a meteor striking the moon!
Talbot used a Canon 6D camera with a Stellarvue SV80S refractor on an AstroTrac (a tracking mount). But with all this equipment, the shoot was still not a walk in the park.
"The hard part was adjusting the exposure time and the ISO value right at the transition from the bright lunar edge to the full eclipse," Talbot said. He pre-processed the images in Adobe Lightroom, and the video was then merged with the Time Lapse Assembler software.
The event this weekend is the last lunar eclipse until 2021. People across North and South America, including parts of the Caribbean and Europe, caught sight of it. Later this year, however, there will be a partial lunar eclipse. It will be visible to observers from Africa and the Middle East.
The United States will also be in the right place to catch Mercury, which is facing the sun on November 11th. After this date observers In the US, this spectacle will be seen again in 2049.