‘Blue blood moon’ not so super here

Friday February 02, 2018 Written by Published in Weather
This picture was taken at around 1am from Kavera yesterday, two hours before the super blue blood moon. 18013109 This picture was taken at around 1am from Kavera yesterday, two hours before the super blue blood moon. 18013109

While sky gazers across the world were treated to a “super blue blood moon” early yesterday, residents of Rarotonga missed out on the opportunity as excessive cloud kept the rare occurrence out of their sight.

 

This cosmic event, visible for the first time in over a century, was a combination of lunar eclipse, a blood moon and a “super moon”.

Some sky gazers in Rarotonga were excited and looking forward to the super blue blood moon.

Among them was Kavera resident Tiziana Margarito, who woke up at around 3am and drove down to the Blackrock, only to be disappointed by a bank of clouds blocking what should have been a majestic view.

“I was really excited to see the lunar eclipse. It was a super blue blood moon so the occasion was much more special,” said Margarito, who hails from Italy.

“Unfortunately we had to return home without seeing anything because of the clouds.”

Meanwhile, another natural phenomenon, captured on film in August last year, has made the news on UK website metro.co.uk.

The “super-rare” green sunset was captured in the Cook Islands in August last year by Auckland-based Jack Lee.

Lee was holidaying on Rarotonga when he snapped the fleeting sunset. According to the website, “green flash sunsets” are nearly impossible to see with the naked eye and appear when the rim of the sun meets the ocean’s surface before sinking from view.

Professional landscape photographer Lee, 52, shared the super-rare green sunset pictures last week.

“I was so lucky to capture this, it’s almost impossible to see for the naked eye. ‘It’s very fast, only momentary. I knew the sky was clear and the sun was setting on the southern horizon, so I put a telephoto lens and started clicking rapidly,” Lee told metro.co.uk.

“I’ve never seen it before, but I had researched it extensively and been wanting to capture it for a while. When the sun started dipping I just took my chances.”

The website said the “ultra-rare” spectacle was a result of the atmospheric transferring of sunlight into the colour spectrum.

The atmosphere transfers sunlight into reds, greens and blues depending upon the angle, it said.

“On a clear sky, fortunate spectators can catch a glimpse of a green just above the upper rim of the sun for a split second at sunrise and sundown.”

Meanwhile, Lee is planning to make magic again by hunting the elusive green flash for a second time.

“I know what to watch out with the conditions now, so I’m definitely planning to capture this again. Photography is my passion,” he said.

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