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Super Blue Blood Moon Watch

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The moon started to be visible around 8.00 PM and it was bright and big. It was in fact a super blue moon, though the colour was more golden to me than blue.

Took few photos with my camera. Not very good images, but they are the best that my camera can take. One photo is the super moon with some plants and cloud visible, also a couple of street lights down below. However there are two mysterious objects, one near the bright moon and another is near the cloud. What are they? Perhaps they are just another trick that a small digital camera is capable to do.

When the eclipse started to happen, the sky was clear with no clouds around. Here in Melbourne area, the eclipse started around 11.00 pm and it was fully covered around 11.40. The longest wait I had ever experience for a lunar eclipse. Now it is 1.15 am, and it has only just started to come out of the shadow. It will be around 2.00 am before it fully out of the shadow. I will not wait, after posting this entry I am going to sleep. Oh yes, the eclipse moon looks quite red, but it has hung high in the sky so the size is much reduced.

Why a super blue blood moon is regarded as rare? Because it is three special occasions that happen all at once.

  • It is a super moon because the moon appears to look larger than usual as it enters the closest distance to earth.
  • It is a blue moon because it is an additional full moon that appears in a subdivision of a year, either third of four full moons in a season, or a second full moon in a month of the common calendar (* Wikipedia). So blue moon is not about the colour. Probably it is related to the saying: “Once in a blue moon” which means a rare occasion.
  • It is a blood moon when the moon will usually look reddish during a total lunar eclipse.
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Easter Plants

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Blood Moon April 4, 2015:

Blood Moon April 4, 2015 as seen from Melbourne. Picture source: The Age Newspaper.

Blood Moon April 4, 2015 as seen from Melbourne. Picture source: The Age Newspaper

The third Tetrad blood moon (of the four blood moons 2014 – 2015) could be seen perfectly from Melbourne area last night April 4, 2015. When the moon was rising there were many clouds, but it was clear during the eclipse process which took around 5 hours. During the short full coverage about  11 o’clock pm, the moon looked mysteriously dark and distant, the colour was kind of copper red. So it was not blood colour at all.

People in Australia will not see another full moon eclipse again until January 31/February 1, 2018….. as we will miss the fourth Tetrad Moon completely on September 28 this year. I did not take any photos as my camera is not good for taking pictures of the stars and the moon. The picture above was from the Age Newspaper.

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Two plants in our garden are associated with Easter. Both are now blooming to remind us that Easter is approaching.

Crucifix Orchid:

Red Crucifix Orchid

Red Crucifix Orchid

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Beautiful Orbs

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If you have a small digital camera (not the expensive one), more than likely you will capture things that cannot be seen by naked eyes. Mysterious circles  (Orbs) sometimes can be seen in digital photos. In photography this phenomena can be called backscatter, while for those who believe in Paranormal will firmly say that it is the image of an angel, spirit, or ghost.

According to Wikipedia:

The term backscatter in photography refers to light from a flash or strobe reflecting back from particles in the lens’s field of view causing specks of light to appear in the photo. This gives rise to what are sometimes referred to as orb artifacts. Photographic backscatter can result from snowflakes, rain or mist, or airborne dust. Due to the size limitations of the modern compact and ultra-compact cameras, especially digital cameras, the distance between the lens and the built-in flash has decreased, thereby decreasing the angle of light reflection to the lens and increasing the likelihood of light reflection off normally sub-visible particles. Hence, the orb artifact is commonplace with small digital or film camera photographs. (Wikipedia).

For myself, I don’t really care what the orbs that appeared in my digital photos are, I just  think that some of them are really beautiful and colourful.

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Anggrek Salib – Epidendrum ibaguense

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Crucifix Orchid - Epidendrum ibaguense

Crucifix Orchid – Epidendrum ibaguense

Sebentar lagi umat Kristen akan merayakan hari Paskah. Ada jenis anggrek yang namanya bisa dihubungkan dengan Paskah yaitu anggrek Salib – Crucifix Orchid atau yang nama Latinnya Epidendrum ibaguense. Kebetulan sekali barusan saya memisahkan anakan (keiki) anggrek salib ini dan menamamnya kembali didalam pot. Rupanya waktu dijaman dulu ketika para missionary Katholik untuk pertama kalinya melihat jenis bunga anggrek ini di Amerika Selatan, mereka mengasosiasikan bentuk bibir bunga anggrek mungil ini dengan bentuk salib. Dari sinilah nama Crucifix orchid atau Anggrek Salib masih melekat sampai sekarang.

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