A nice freezing cauld walk to Bertha Loch!
Look at the stars, look how they shine for you....it was all yellow.....
A sky full of honey...
Otherworldly and strange...
"Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. Then your love would also change.”  - William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet
Somewhere above Perth....we're loving this surrealist style picture from Mark!
There are a septillion stars in the universe. How many is that, you ask?
 200,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Yep.
Skies of blue and earthy green peaks through which stone rises. Photos like this remind us how Perthshire is home to some of the world's most beautiful landscapes.
Kirkcaldy in shades of gold.
Night owl (or early riser?!) Rab captured this beautiful portrait of the moon at 5 in the morning.
We are loving this peaceful picture as taken by Marysia at the South Inch.
I'm your Venus, I'm your fire! Your desire...
What a breathtaking shot! Two silhouettes stand, looking outward at star dense skies as dusk descends.
Hues of purple, azure, amber, and gold fleck and merge above a star studded sky at Mailer Hill.
"As the lukewarm hands of the Gods/ Came down and gently picked my adrenaline pearls/They placed them in their mouths/And rinsed all of the fear out" - Moon by Bjork
When the Sun is close to the horizon on a sunny day, its light appears warmer and softer. This makes the golden hour - casting a magical, soft glow.
Supermoons exceed the brightness of an average-size full moon by on average, 15%. Shine on!
Full moons are when you're most likely to see the Moon in the daytime. When the Moon reaches the final phase of it's cycle (Full Moon), it is at its closest to the Sun, which beams off it and causes it to be visible, even in the day.
When blue scattered light is set against an environment heavy in red light (for example, during sunset) and a dark grey cloud, the may sky appear faintly green.
Schiehallion and Loch Tummel, from Queen's View, on the Night of the Super Blood Moon.
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The first Supermoon of 2019!

30 January 2019

Supermoons, Lunar Eclipses and Blood Moons - oh my!

Our gallery this week is full of pictures you've sent in of the recent Supermoon eclipse, with a few starry January shots thrown in for good measure.

This took place on the 21st of January 2019 and was the first of three Supermoons to take place this year.

However - this is arguably the most dramatic Supermoon of 2019.

Not only was there a Supermoon, but there was also a total lunar eclipse. Oh - and for astrology nerds, the moon was in the sign of Leo, known for all things flamboyant, energising, and of course - dramatic!

So what exactly IS a supermoon, how do they occur, and what do they represent?

Supermoons simply refer to times when the Moon appears much larger than normal from here on Earth, and much brighter too.

It occurs when the Moon's rotations naturally bring it closer to Earth than is usual - around 16,000 miles closer! 

Supermoons have been said to represent a time of great creativity, and potentials abound.

It is a time when energies seem to be supercharged and somewhat intensely felt.

It's a great time to reflect, and to channel those energies into setting your intentions for the upcoming future. 

So what about solar eclipses, and blood moons?

Solar eclipses take place when the Sun, Earth and Moon are completely or very closely aligned.

Earth blocks direct sunlight from reaching the Moon during a lunar eclipse, and due to the way the light refracts and scatters (find out more about that in our sunsets gallery), this causes the Moon to temporarily take on a red glow.

This is known as the blood moon. 

There are very few people who's imaginations and hearts aren't captured by celestial phenomena - even in today's hectic modern world where we all seem to be trying to get from A to B in one piece.

It's somewhat humbling to both be reminded of our minute significance in the big scheme of things - we are just specks of dust in the Universe - and that some of the greatest wonders to be seen are free.

All we need to do is remember to look up, sometimes.



Thanks to all of our brilliant readers for sending in their photography!

Connor McLaren
Corina Richards
Debbie Wallace
Fiona Leslie
Jamie McEachen
Mark Angus
Mark Miller
Mark Westwater
Marysia Macfarlane
Rab Dobbie
Tim Haynes
Wallace Gilbraith