There’s a blood moon on the rise

The super blood moon appears over Dunedin last night. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery/ODT
The super blood moon appears over Dunedin last night. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery/ODT
Nicholas Sherlock took this composite of two photos at Dunedin's First Church, as both the cross...
Nicholas Sherlock took this composite of two photos at Dunedin's First Church, as both the cross and super blood moon couldn't be focused on at the same time. The images were captured using a Canon 5D III and 500mm f/4 lens.
Brad Phipps took this photo from Otago Peninsula of the super moon next to the galactic core.
Brad Phipps took this photo from Otago Peninsula of the super moon (left) next to the galactic core.
Can you see a face in this image from Edgy Strongbow?
Can you see a face in this image from Edgy Strongbow?
Images of the eclipse from Sara Ward.
Images of the eclipse from Sara Ward.
The super blood moon as seen from Kaitangata. Photo: Kieran Douglas
The super blood moon as seen from Kaitangata. Photo: Kieran Douglas
Photo: Jade Norton
From photographer Jade Norton.
Photo: Amelia van de klundert
Photo: Amelia van de klundert
Photo: Ingrid Radcliffe
Photo: Ingrid Radcliffe
A sequence sent in from Amy Louise Hughes in Ranfurly.
A sequence sent in from Amy Louise Hughes in Ranfurly.
Photo: Aja McDonald
Photo: Aja McDonald
Tommy Mao took this photo from Dunedin's First Church.
Tommy Mao took this photo from Dunedin's First Church.
Photo: Leeana Ferguson
Photo: Leeana Ferguson
Photo: Ray and Christine Caird
Photo: Ray and Christine Caird
Photo: Monika Koziełová
Photo: Monika Koziełová

New Zealand’s first "super blood moon" in 39 years also delivered this year’s biggest viewing event at the Beverly-Begg Observatory in Dunedin last night.

Dunedin Astronomical Society past president Ash Pennell was yesterday delighted at least 80 members of the society and the public gathered at the observatory to watch the total lunar eclipse.

Blood moons occur when the earth lines up between the moon and the sun.

This hides the moon from sunlight and blocks most of the blue light, with the remaining light refracting onto the moon's surface and causing a red glow.

A "super moon", meanwhile, occurs when the moon is at its closest point in its orbit around Earth - making it appear much larger than usual.

Last night, the moon was entirely within the earth’s shadow for about 15 minutes from 11.11pm.

Extra telescopes had been made available.

"I think it’s the event of the year," Mr Pennell said.

It was an "excellent night" in the city for viewing, better than for other recent eclipses.

Mike Hartley took this sequence of photos of last night's total eclipse.
Mike Hartley took this sequence of photos of last night's total eclipse.

Several factors, including the close proximity of the earth and moon, added to the occasion.

Dunedin resident Jacquetta Burleigh said the moon was "bright as a button" and she enjoyed the "community event" at the observatory.

ODT's Illustrations Editor Stephen Jaquiery captured this stunning shot from the Beverly-Begg...
ODT's Illustrations Editor Stephen Jaquiery captured this stunning shot from the Beverly-Begg Observatory last night.

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