Total Lunar Eclipse Via Buzz Reader in Hancock Park

Total Lunar Eclipse at its 4:50 a.m. start, and at totality around 5:29 a.m., as seen in Hancock Park (all photos courtesy of Linda Sanoff)

It was touted as an opportunity to see a blue moon, blood moon, supermoon and a full lunar eclipse, all visible to the naked eye from anywhere in Southern California, according to news reports.

But not everyone was willing to stay up or get up at 3:48 this morning when the process began.  Our thanks to Buzz reader Linda Sanoff for capturing these images of the eclipse as seen from her Hancock Park backyard and sharing them with all of us.

“I am sure other readers have better pictures (as did Griffith Observatory),” wrote Sanoff in an email to the Buzz early this morning, “but, just in case no one was as obsessed as I was to get up at 4 am to start watching! What a wondrous world we live in…”

So true! If you missed it and would like to see it again, the livestream from the Griffith Observatory is compressed to a one minute time lapse version, which appears at the bottom of this story.

As for the definitions of the various celestial events, the LA Times reported:

“The blood moon refers to the reddish or copper tint that happens when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow during the eclipse.

The full eclipse also occurs “during perigee — the moon’s closest approach to Earth in a single orbit, which means its diameter will appear about 7% larger and 14% brighter than usual, making it a supermoon,” Space.com says.

As for the blue moon, that just means it’s the second full moon of the month.”

4:50 am…just before totality begins (photo courtesy of Linda Sanoff)
4:51 am Totality begins (photo courtesy of Linda Sanoff)
Photo of Sanoff’s computer screen with the live feed from Griffith Park Observatory at Greatest Totality. (photo courtesy of Linda Sanoff)
Sanoff Backyard View at Greatest Totality 5:29 AM (photo courtesy of Linda Sanoff)

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Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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