Last night the cosmos gave us a spectacular show – a full lunar eclipse on the Hunter’s Moon.
What is a “Blood Moon”?
The term “blood moon” is one of many that originate from from folklore and skylore (a form of folklore centred on the sky). There was a blood moon back on April 15th 2014 and last night’s was the second of four consecutive total eclipses in a series, known as a tetrad, with the remaining three eclipses taking place on April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015.
According to earthsky.org, “The Hunter’s Moon is the next full moon after the Harvest Moon”, and it was also accompanied by a lunar eclipse, also known as a blood moon. The Hunter’s Moon comes after the autumnal equinox and also goes by other names, depending on where you’re from, and can also be called the Hunter’s Moon, the Frosty Moon, or the Beaver Moon
Blood Moon over Whistler
Any kind of lunar display is an exciting event, and local photographer (and baker of incredible cookies, really!) David McColm was out at the crack of dawn, primed with his camera, a steady hand and a fist-full of determination to capture the blood moon over Whistler. Above are a few timelapse shots that David has stitched together to show the changing colour phases of the moon. The ominous cloud adds an eerie feeling to the aptly named blood moon.
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