NIFTY GOODIES

Lunar Trifecta: The Super Blue Blood Moon Experience

Have you witnessed the once in a life time cosmic event the so called super blue blood moon last month?

Well, not everyone does have a chance to witness this lunar trifecta on their areas.

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In the above illustration, lucky are those who have given a chance to experience this rare celestial treat.

WHAT WE LEARNED

This celestial event only happens only every 35 years and it will be visible in the next 158 years in our area or in case in your country if you happen to live within the visible areas illustrated above.

This supernatural cosmic event is composed of a super moon, blue moon and blood moon all happened in a single night last January 31, 2018.

SUPER MOON (when the moon is unusually close to earth).

BLUE MOON (second full moon in a calendar month. Usually there is only one full moon in a calendar month)

BLOOD MOON (when the moon appears to be red during an eclipse).

These are some of the information that we learned from the student astronomers.

THE STUDENT ASTRONOMERS

The student astromers of the University welcomed stargazers with a smile, briefly explaining and educating about this phenominal event. It was very educational.

OUR NIFTY LUNAR TRIFECTA EXPERIENCE

Nothing so special its just a total lunar eclipse, we can watch it better in a television, we rather stay home. Are some of the vague excuses that we had in mind but not until my sister told us about Indiana Aeronautics University in LapuLapu, Cebu as one (1) of the 20 spot in the Philippines to have the best view of the moon as published by the Philippine Astronomical Society on their facebook page.

Later in the afternoon of January 31 we were so excited about it and it is our first time to gather around with the other stargazers as well.

The most exciting part is that we will be viewing it for the first time using a telescope provided by the Indiana Aeronautics University Astronomical Society at no cost.

BEHIND THE SCENE: TAKING THE BEST SHOT

What we’ve got is only our phone camera. Unexpectedly when we arrive at the arena we were told that we cannot shoot pictures with flashes as it may destruct the viewing experience. So the place needs to be dark.

There are about 6 to 8 telescope available and we were so lucky enough to spend like about 20 – 30 minutes trying to capture a single shot with a phone camera via telescope.

At first we really thought that it was so easy to take a good shot but it was not.

Here are some of the common problems that we had shooting on a phone camera.

• You’ll have a hard time centering your camera to the telescope eye piece.

• Phone camera changes focus time-to-time.

• You’ll need to position your camera lens indirectly to the moon to avoid too much light.

Anyway, we haven’t mentioned that we are only using a Samsung J5 Galaxy smartphone.

TRYING HARD TO CAPTURE THE MOMENT

We tried and tried so hard but it does not give us any good. We made so many attempts like we were lining-up more than 20 times with over a hundred shots taken we only had 3 which we consider it a good photo than any other in the arena using their smartphone cam.

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THE CROWD IS SCREAMING OUT LOUD

Since everyone is so serious and amazed about the moon show. We are also way too busy centering our camera lens onto the telescope hoping to capture that very last moment before the total lunar eclipse but not until everyone yelled out that caught our attention and had this feeling of disappointment that we haven’t catched up that very last moment.

But then, when we look up into the sky, the moon vanished right from our sight as it was covered with a clouds that lasted more than 5 minutes. It was a scream of disappointment from the crowd.

From that very moment, we still do not have enough photos yet, but it doesn’t mean that we are not happy. We can’t really explain how we feel but one thing for sure that we had joy all throughout the night.

THE MEDIA COVERAGE

Local news agency’s rushed through the arena at the peak of the total lunar eclipse with its video camera and started interviewing around including us.

Since then, the organizers lifted the ban of using flash cameras and everybody started taking pictures of themselves. We also took this opportunity and stood beside the cameraman of the news reporter shooting more photos that we can while they are rolling out their camera. Simply taking advantage from its good source of light.

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Again, we had so much fun and joy throughout the night being part of this historical celestial event. We would like to say THANK YOU to Indiana Aeronautics University for their hard work and efforts also a BIG thanks to our readers who have invested their time reading this article.

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