The Super Blood Moon at KHS

On a crisp Wednesday evening, Mr McKay (Science Head Teacher) and Mr Munsie (Acting Principal) hosted a once in a red moon event to allow KHS students and alumni to engage with and marvel at the rare lunar occurrence of a super blood moon.

As explained to the students by Mr McKay, the event featured both a super moon (when the moon reaches the closest point to the Earth in its orbit) and a blood moon (which is caused by a total lunar eclipse). Through a number of telescopes set up by Mr McKay, our students witnessed the moon enter into an eclipse for approximately one hour, and then remain totally eclipsed for just 14 minutes. And then, as the moon moves through the deepest part of the Earth’s shadow (the umbra), it took on a distinctive red glow — an effect caused by the bending of light in Earth’s atmosphere interacting with dust particles.

Check out this cracking photo of the super blood moon that Mr Munsie was able to capture using his iPhone over the telescope’s eyepiece:

 

 

A big thank you to Mr McKay for organising this wonderful opportunity for KHS students to engage the astronomical wonders of our world and beyond!