Astronomy

Video: Jan. 20, 2019 lunar eclipse time lapse – 'Blood Moon'

Video courtesy of Mike Lewinski, Tres Piedras
Story by Yvonne Pesquera, socialmedia@taosnews.com
Posted 1/21/19

Tres Piedras resident Mike Lewinski shared with The Taos News his process for capturing this time lapse.

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Astronomy

Video: Jan. 20, 2019 lunar eclipse time lapse – 'Blood Moon'

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On Sunday (Jan. 20), a Blood Moon appeared over North and South America. This is the only total lunar eclipse of 2019, which is noteworthy as lunar eclipses play an important role in helping scientists/astronomers understand Earth and its motions in space.

Space.com reports this is the last total lunar eclipse until May 2021, and the last one visible from the United States until 2022.

The Jet Propulsion Lab/NASA states on its website: "This eclipse is being referred to by some as a super blood moon – “super” because the Moon will be closest to Earth in its orbit during the full moon and “blood" because the total lunar eclipse will turn the Moon a reddish hue."

Tres Piedras resident Mike Lewinski captured this time lapse and shares it with The Taos News:

What was your process?

ML: I had two cameras out, one with a very long telephoto lens (500mm) that I used to take individual stills, and one with a medium telephoto (210mm) on a tracking mount. The clouds prevented me from finding Polaris to properly align, so it was off a little and drifted out of the center position.

Did you capture this footage in T.P?

ML: I did capture this time lapse from my yard in Tres Piedras. I used an external intervalometer on my Sony a6000 mirrorless camera with a five second interval between captures. At the totality phase I was taking 4 second long exposures so it was clicking constantly. It was so cold I went in every five minutes or so to warm up a bit.

Anything else you'd like to tell us?

ML: I captured the eclipse last January when the moon set while fully eclipsed. I was hoping to do this one start to finish but didn't expect the frost on the lens. I should have been prepared better, but returned from a business trip to Denver just a few hours before and was rushing it.

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