by Dave Warner

A total eclipse of the Moon, where the moon passes through the shadow of the Earth, produced a total lunar eclipse last night. While many of us went to bed and missed the event (I admit to staying up to watch the Rangers game, and then going to bed without grabbing my camera), Andy McEvoy did stay up and tried photographing the event.

He says that he stayed up because of “The thrill and enjoyment of photography. It was a real challenge because the lighting is constantly changing and you’re using so many settings trying to capture the right exposure.”

Andy credits his father’s love of photography with his interest in the profession.

“I’ve been shooting since about 1978 when I got my first SLR (Single Lens Reflex camera) trying to capture the elusive solar and lunar eclipses. It’s very challenging trying to get a good shot,” he stated.

Many observers remarked about the darkness of the totality. “It was one of the longest and darkest lunar eclipses I have ever seen,” said Thomas Leary of Portsmouth, Virginia.

Spaceweather.com surmised that if the eclipse was indeed darker than usual, the Tonga volcano might be to blame.

They stated, “During a lunar eclipse, most of the light illuminating the Moon passes through Earth’s stratosphere where it is reddened by scattering. When the Tonga volcano erupted on Jan. 15, 2022, it hurled 400 million kilograms of ash and fumes deep into the stratosphere. The volcano’s lingering exhaust shaded the eclipse, making it a deeper, darker red than usual.”