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So you are saying it was due to the setting Sun? I was thinking that was why, but I've seen the full Moon rise at Sunset before, but cannot recall seeing it look as orangey/red as it did that evening.

It looked like it does at max lunar eclipse, only brighter.

I really wish I had taken a pic of it.
No, I was using the change of hue at sunset to illustrate the similar effect of the hue on the moon. Light waves and the effect they produce when partially obscured...but I'm far from an astronomy expert

What is it Called a Blood Moon?​

The Moon turns a reddish hue when it’s completely submerged in the Earth’s shadow. Call us picky, but we wouldn’t ever describe the color as “bloody.” The fully-eclipsed Moon actually becomes orange or coppery like a penny.

While most of the sunlight is indeed blocked, some rays bent around the edge of Earth and reach the Moon’s surface. Earth’s atmosphere scatters the blue/green colors (short wavelengths), but the orange/red colors (long wavelengths) reach our eyes. It’s similar to a sunset.

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No, I was using the change of hue at sunset to illustrate the similar effect of the hue on the moon. Light waves and the effect they produce when partially obscured...but I'm far from an astronomy expert
Me too.


The fully-eclipsed Moon actually becomes orange or coppery like a penny.
That describes pretty well how it looked to me, but prior to it entering the shadow.
 

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That is what happened to me during the last lunar eclipse. Was supposed to start entering the shadow at 8:30PM, but clouded up within a few minutes time.
....but I still wonder why it looked so red/orange prior to it entering any part of the Earth's shadow. Looked almost like the pic in your post #20. With the exception of it being brighter.
....and it wasn't just me and/or my eyes seeing it wrong. Four other people with me saw the same thing and all commented about how it looked. A bright orangey red Moon just after it rose, but also just prior to it entering the shadow.
Could there have been an elevated level of particulates in the sky? Even small amounts of smoke and dust can significantly affect the color of anything viewed through the atmosphere particularly at lower elevations.

Here is a film pic I took of a non-eclipsed moon rising in 2003 near the horizon.
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Had just a touch of luck. Clouded out completely near the start of the partial phase. Moon peaked out just once during partial. Then it didn't peak out again until just after totality when the moon was too low from my telescope location so I switched to lens and tripod in case it peaked out.

Before eclipse, full moon
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Beginning of penumbral phase
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The one frame I got of the partial phase between clouds.
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Just after totality peaking through the clouds using 100-400mm lens at 100mm
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Not as good as I hoped but glad I came away with something.
Made a progression composite

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Could there have been an elevated level of particulates in the sky?
May have been. The Sunset itself was rather nice that evening.

Even small amounts of smoke and dust can significantly affect the color of anything viewed through the atmosphere particularly at lower elevations.

Here is a film pic I took of a non-eclipsed moon rising in 2003 near the horizon.
Moon-08-11-03-slide19.jpg
Yep, that looks a lot like what I saw. Thanks!
 

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Just fooling around with a (stock) ASI224MC camera on the ground outside the house connected to a laptop. A 35 second exposure, with Marsd (on right) Merope (7 sisters) and jupiter in a line at the top. Captured with free Sharpcap software.

This same (all sky camera setup) was used to produce the following 5 second time-lapse video -
 
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Just fooling around with a (stock) ASI224MC camera on the ground outside the house connected to a laptop. A 35 second exposure, with Marsd (on right) Merope (7 sisters) and jupiter in a line at the top. Captured with free Sharpcap software.

This same (all sky camera setup) was used to produce the following 5 second time-lapse video -

Very cool. Think you'll get some meteors with that?

I've gotten in to a habit of setting my camera up around midnight to try for meteors, even if it's not near a shower peak. My goal is to catch a big bolide. Been getting 8 to 10 meteors a night but nothing spectacular so far.
 

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A couple meteors from yesterday morning and this morning. Activity seems to have picked up a bit but I still haven't gotten the bolide I am after.

11/25/2022

Love the green ones
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Meteor and a bunch of satellites
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11/26/2022
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I saw a bolide while at a drive-in movie. It was bright enough that it temporarily blanked out the movie. It was orange, and green, and it looked as if it was rotating. No sound.
 

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I saw a bolide while at a drive-in movie. It was bright enough that it temporarily blanked out the movie. It was orange, and green, and it looked as if it was rotating. No sound.
Best one I saw was the morning of 9/8/2009. I was taking the garbage out at around 4am when suddenly a bright flash lit up everything around me. I assumed it was lightning and looked around looking for where the storm was when I noticed the end of a super bright orange meteor heading South. I reported the event to the American meteor society and 2 people in Iowa also reported the same meteor.
 

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I saw a bolide while at a drive-in movie. It was bright enough that it temporarily blanked out the movie. It was orange, and green, and it looked as if it was rotating. No sound.

Best one I saw was the morning of 9/8/2009. I was taking the garbage out at around 4am when suddenly a bright flash lit up everything around me. I assumed it was lightning and looked around looking for where the storm was when I noticed the end of a super bright orange meteor heading South. I reported the event to the American meteor society and 2 people in Iowa also reported the same meteor.
I saw one once, too. Or at least, that's what I think it was. It was in Winter (December, if IRCC) during a known meteor shower time, as we had driven several miles out of town in order to watch for them without city lights being so bright.
We were parked along a dirt road, just standing there looking to the sky when it passed over. It was big. Looked like a big ball of yellow-orangish fire. Went all the way across the sky from the North, traveling beyond the horizon to the South. I did not see it explode. It also did not really seem to be moving very fast, at least not when compared to the fast, tiny streaks of light people call shooting stars.

I know that they say those things are too high to hear, but I'd swear that this one made a faint sizzling sound.
 

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I saw one once, too. Or at least, that's what I think it was. It was in Winter (December, if IRCC) during a known meteor shower time, as we had driven several miles out of town in order to watch for them without city lights being so bright.
We were parked along a dirt road, just standing there looking to the sky when it passed over. It was big. Looked like a big ball of yellow-orangish fire. Went all the way across the sky from the North, traveling beyond the horizon to the South. I did not see it explode. It also did not really seem to be moving very fast, at least not when compared to the fast, tiny streaks of light people call shooting stars.

I know that they say those things are too high to hear, but I'd swear that this one made a faint sizzling sound.
Mid 60s I had a morning paper route. I had a up front and close view of a major part of the Leonid Meteor Shower that early morning before sun up.
If I saw ONE I saw 20. Shooting stars and bolides so big passing over head I though I'd hear explosions as a couple went by.
All travelling from East to West. Never heard anything. Just saw a beautiful light show. While thinking we were being invaded by space aliens.
Mom didn't believe me when I got home until the 6pm NEWS came on and the News Reporters were talking about all the calls local police got, and then the weatherman talked about it again during his segment. About Halley's Comet, How they got named Leonids, and being one of the best showers recorded over Dayton, Ohio.
I came so close to running home and not finish my route but I did.
And I had a great Show and Tell for school that morning.
 

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Cool to hear all the stories.

I saw one once, too. Or at least, that's what I think it was. It was in Winter (December, if IRCC) during a known meteor shower time, as we had driven several miles out of town in order to watch for them without city lights being so bright.
We were parked along a dirt road, just standing there looking to the sky when it passed over. It was big. Looked like a big ball of yellow-orangish fire. Went all the way across the sky from the North, traveling beyond the horizon to the South. I did not see it explode. It also did not really seem to be moving very fast, at least not when compared to the fast, tiny streaks of light people call shooting stars.

I know that they say those things are too high to hear, but I'd swear that this one made a faint sizzling sound.
Might have been during the Geminid meteor shower, mid December. I've seen some nice ones.

By luck I happened to have the shutter open on my camera for the best Geminid I have seen. I was laying on a makeshift bed on my walkway while the camera was rolling using an interval timer. 12/14/2017.
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I did catch one bolide on video years ago by putting out a spare security camera looking at the sky and later checking for meteors. Just made a GIF of it.
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Mid 60s I had a morning paper route. I had a up front and close view of a major part of the Leonid Meteor Shower that early morning before sun up.
If I saw ONE I saw 20. Shooting stars and bolides so big passing over head I though I'd hear explosions as a couple went by.
All travelling from East to West. Never heard anything. Just saw a beautiful light show. While thinking we were being invaded by space aliens.
Mom didn't believe me when I got home until the 6pm NEWS came on and the News Reporters were talking about all the calls local police got, and then the weatherman talked about it again during his segment. About Halley's Comet, How they got named Leonids, and being one of the best showers recorded over Dayton, Ohio.
I came so close to running home and not finish my route but I did.
And I had a great Show and Tell for school that morning.

The best meteor shower of my life was the Leonid meteor shower in 2001. I was in my young 20s renting a duplex. Friends came over and we walked to a nature park and walked along the river and train tracks watching the sky. Every few seconds there would be another meteor often seeing multiple bright meteors at a time. Every so often the Leonid shower is very active.
 

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Cool to hear all the stories.


Might have been during the Geminid meteor shower, mid December. I've seen some nice ones.

By luck I happened to have the shutter open on my camera for the best Geminid I have seen. I was laying on a makeshift bed on my walkway while the camera was rolling using an interval timer. 12/14/2017.
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I did catch one bolide on video years ago by putting out a spare security camera looking at the sky and later checking for meteors. Just made a GIF of it.
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Sweet gif!
 
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