The God of war dazzles (Eclipse)

The waterfront promenade along Dubai Marina has possibly got to be one of the most light polluted places on the planet for observing the night skies. So on first observation my choice of eclipse sighting spot was dubious. But it was great from a practical point of view- easy to access, safe and littered with numerous benches from where to sit and watch the moon.

The skies were quite clear on the night of the 26th July (day before the eclipse) but on the 27th there were quite a lot of clouds floating through. For the first part of the eclipse up to totality, you could see the eclipse through the clouds but the cloud cover started getting thicker after totality.

From a photography perspective, the clouds meant that no matter how hard I tried (even shooting during the window when the moon was between clouds) I could not get very sharp images. So these are more record shots than aesthetic eclipse shots.

The star of the day (or should I say planet of the day (night?)) was Mars. There’s been a lot of coverage in the media about how Mars is currently at one of its brightest in very many years and this was certainly true last night. The planet was visible right below the moon.

From Dubai Marina Promenade- you can see the cloud cover. Mars is visible as a bright point below the moon. Before the eclipse started
Just before the eclipse started
Phase One of the Eclipse- the left side of the moon is being eaten away by the shadows
Over the space of an hour the moon went from being completely visible to totally eclipsed.
Almost half way gone
The last sliver of moon being lighted- every other part is already looking red because of refracted light from the earth. It became very hard to shoot the moon handheld at this point
Totality – what was weird was that even during totality the moon was so bright that it felt that the moon had not disappeared at all
Red Moon and Mars below visible as a point

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Nirmala says:

    Good photos despite cloud covering! You deserve a prize for patience!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Ha ha I had great company

  2. Nice clicks….. we were not so lucky here in Delhi because of the clouds and rain……

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks Sudhir, here also there were intermittent clouds in the beginning and it kept getting thicker but we were lucky to have witnessed most of it

  3. Lav says:

    Fantastic! Pictures are worth a thousand words as the saying goes..and your shots are better than a lot of pictures…

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you for your kind words 🙂

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