Blood Supermoon in even more locations around the world!


Our infographic from last weekend generated a ton of shares, comments, likes and other social media goodness, in addition to questions about what would be visible in other locations around the world.

Because you asked so nicely, here’s Blood Supermoon Infographic Version 2!

Blood Supermoon Sep 2015

Here are some example shot plans that you can open in TPE for each of the locations shown above:

San Francisco Web iOS
Portland, Oregon Web iOS
Devil’s Tower, Wyoming Web iOS
New York Web iOS
Rio de Janeiro Web iOS
London Web iOS
Berlin Web iOS
Cape Town Web iOS
Cairo Web iOS
Moscow Web iOS

Want to plan a shot for your exact location? You can use The Photographer’s Ephemeris app to do it:

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What about down under?

Sadly, no eclipse for most of Asia Pacific this time around. As you can see below, you’ll be enjoying a busy Monday with the sun high in the sky during the eclipse:

No eclipse in Aus and NZ

Some tips for shooting the lunar eclipse

When looking for optimal conditions to photograph the blood supermoon, remember:

  • The red colour is most intense at the moment of greatest total eclipse (02:47 UT)
  • Totality during early civil twilight produces the most appealing combination of red moon and deep blue sky i.e. the sky is neither too dark nor too light
  • A totally eclipsed full moon, visible in early civil twilight and low on the horizon, means you can juxtapose a famous landmark or building

Of course, these conditions only exist for a few places on the globe. But if you are not at one of those locations, do not despair:

  • Once the moon moves out of totality, there is still some red colour in the moon, but it will be dominated by a white crescent. This is the sun hitting the moon’s surface as it moves out of the shadow of the earth. The bright white of the partially eclipsed moon has its own shape and is unlike a crescent moon, so still well worth shooting!
  • Getting interest in the sky is important, so use TPE to check when the partially eclipsed moon is visible in late nautical or early civil twilight
  • The silhouette is your friend: get close to objects, either natural or manmade, and use them to frame the moon. This is better during astronomical or nautical twilight rather than in total darkness, so there’s some contrast between the object the sky

If supermoon hits totality overhead in a pitch-black sky, you have a couple of options:

  • The moon moves approximately 1° every 4 minutes and is about 0.5° in apparent diameter (slightly more this time around, as it’s a supermoon).
  • You can plan a time-lapse of the moon moving through the sky, or create a composite from multiple separate exposures
  • The total eclipse lasts a generous 1 hour and 12 minutes and the moon will change its precise shading throughout, giving plenty of variation to capture

We hope you have a successful blood supermoon shoot this weekend! Please share your photos with us via Facebook, Twitter and Google +