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.