Celestial spectacular: Super moon eclipse over Westport
It was a super celestial show.
Despite warnings that clouds could obscure the rare astronomical phenomenon of the eclipse of a “super” moon, the vantage point from Compo Beach provided a prime terrestrial spot to see the spectacular.
It is an event not expected to occur again until 2033.
Mark Mathias, a Board of Education member and technology columnist for the Westport News, captured striking images as the huge full moon — appearing larger and brighter than usual because of its closer approach to Earth — coincided with a full lunar eclipse. That phenomenon occurs when the moon, sun and Earth align, with Earth's shadow obscuring the moon, resulting in a reddish glow reflected from the lunar surface.
Mathias took the photos near the site of the Compo cannons, starting about 10 p.m. Sunday as the eclipse began. The photo “sequence started around 10 p.m., with shots taken about every 10 minutes,” he explained. “The color one was taken letting the camera choose the exposure, which was longer than the others, but which allowed the redness to become apparent.”