It was (much to my surprise) a crystal-clear night. With the moon slipping into shadow and our local council not having the street lights on at this time to save energy/money, the sky was almost overwhelmed by the spectacle that is our home galaxy. My little camera managed this shot of the brighter stars in the sky, in this case the constellation of Orion.
Of course, the Snail and I had not dragged ourselves from deep sleep at 3 a.m. to look at that. With the moon being super – at apogee, closest to the Earth – it would be big and the eclipse would make it appear red*.
So, here are some fuzzy pictures to giver you a flavour of the Universe doing a bit of temporary redecorating:
* Because the Earth’s shadow absorbs all colours except the red ones. It’s why sunsets and sunrises are that colour. Plus it looks pretty.