On Wednesday, Oct. 8th, there will be a unique spectacle in the sky: a lunar eclipse. Let’s take a look at how lunar eclipses occur, why the moon appears to turn red, and the best way to photograph it for ourselves.
In the early morning hours of Wednesday October 8, 2014 a total lunar eclipse will be visible here in the skies over Baton Rouge– weather permitting. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind the earth into its shadow, or umbra. This can only occur when the sun, earth, and moon are aligned in a straight line with the earth in the middle. Hence, a lunar eclipse can only occur the night of a full moon.
The eclipse begins at 3:15AM with totality occurring from 5:25AM to 6:24AM.
So, wake up early and enjoy this celestial show. Plan ahead for a great shot of the moon on the horizon near a distant interesting object–with a telephoto lens, the moon will look huge.