Blood Moon

As I am sure many of you have heard/read multiple times, this past weekend was the biggest, closest and brightest supermoon of the year.  "Supermoon" is a term that defines a full or new moon occuring when the moon is at or near perigee (closest approach to the earth).  Also known as the "Harvest Moon" and the focus of the Asian/Chinese Mid Autumn Festival, this supermoon featured a total eclipse of the moon.   During a total lunar eclipse, the sun, earth and moon are lined up and the earth blocks direct sunlight from reaching the moon.  The earth's shadow covers the entire moon.  The moon appears red because the Earth's atmosphere refracts the sunlight and indirectly lights up the moon's surface.  Last weekend's event was rare in that the lunar eclipse coincided with the supermoon.  This has only happened 5 times since 1900 and the next one will not occur until 2033.  

To take some photographs of this rare phenomenon, I rented a Nikon 80-400 superzoom lens from my favorite photography store McBain Camera.  This works out to an equivalent 800mm with the Olympus EM1's crop factor and is 200mm more than I could get with a native lens but I give up autofocus and built in lens VR since I do not currently have an active lens adapter for Nikon lenses.  Since I was on a tripod and the moon was not moving too quickly (from my point of view) this was an acceptable tradeoff for the additional magnification.  Anyhow hope you enjoy the photos.