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A BLOOD MOON OVER REYKJAVÍK: Fancy Images & A Timelapse

Published September 30, 2015

Haukur S. Magnússon
Main photo by
Snorri Þór Tryggvason

Everyone remembers the blood moon. Why, it was just this Sunday that we stayed up all night gawking at the sky so we could witness that plain old regular moon shed its skin and reveal the glory of the bloody moon flesh lurking beneath.

Did you fall asleep and miss it? Good news! We have images and also a timelapse video thing!

The first image, it’s right above the headline here (where it says “A BLOOD MOON OVER REYKJAVÍK: Fancy Images & A Timelapse”). Just have a look. It is a picture of the moon at its bloodiest.

The second image is right below these words you are reading now. It is a composite image, showing us how the moon disappeared, reappeared in bloodmode, and then disappeared again, before reappearing again with its regular old moon skin back on. Look:

Supermoon eclipse in action, by Sævar Helgi Bragason

But, there’s more! Yes! Here is actually a timelapse video of all those moon shenanigans happening! It’s the next best thing to having been there that night, your eyes pointed at the sky, your mouth dry, your mind pounding with excited confusion. Look!

This documentation of The Moon Event was provided by two very kind men.

The full-frontal blood moon shot and the timelapse were shot from a roof in 101 Reykjavík (in Þingholt to be exact) by the talented Snorri Þór Tryggvason, who has in the past shared some of his rather nice Aurora Borealis photos and videos with us and our readers. He would be rather pleased if you could check out his website, Iceland Aurora Films or perhaps go like Iceland Aurora Films on the Facebook. Or both. You should do that.

The source material for that cool composite moon shenanigan photo was shot at the outskirts of lovely Hafnarfjörður by one Sævar Helgi Bragason, who is the editor of Stjörnufræðivefurinn (a wonderful Icelandic website dedicated to all things astronomy) and therefore knows all about the moon and various other celestial bodies. You should click the link and visit that site, because it is a good site, and even if you can’t understand the language of the Icelanders, you can still appreciate the images. Then, you can go like Stjörnufræðivefurinn on the Facebook.

We will see you again, blood moon.

We are waiting.

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