|Occurred : 3/3/2007 22:50 (Entered as : 03/03/07 22:50)
Reported: 3/15/2007 12:28:21 PM 12:28
Location: Moreton Morrell (UK/England),
|Red dot in sky on night of lunar eclipse
Both my husband and I had been out all evening driving thru’ Worcestershire and Warwickshire watching the eclipse of the moon.
We stopped in open countryside on the Fosse Way about half a mile south of the M40 to watch the final stage. The sky was clear, we could see commercial aircraft about, there was no immediate light pollution and the moon was sharply defined.
At 22.50 I got out of the car to took a photo with my 5 megapixels digital camera. It was shakey (I was cold and tired but didn’t want to miss the eclipse) but there was a clear red point below the moon and a little to the right. I thought it must be a glitch, so I took several more photos (all shakey but with same red point) then I was too cold and got back in the car.
We watched the rest of the eclipse thru’ the (murky!) windscreen. Because I was sure it was a camera glitch, I didn’t scan the sky for the dot - all my attention was on the eclipse.
When I looked at the photos on the PC, I found I couldn’t put the red point down to a problem with the camera, however I played about with the photos (using very basic Kodak software). Other blips were obviously just blips, but this one appears spherical and holds up as that under zoom. When I saw the Puget Sound photo, it looked to me just the same. If it is a glitch with the camera, I apologise now - I have taken more photos of the night sky and have been unable to reproduce the red point and it wasn’t on an earlier photo taken of the moonrise.
My husband has looked at the photos and thinks I caught something real on the shots. We’re both graduates, late forties, I’m a homemaker now and my husband a programmer with IBM for 25 years. We also lived near to Coventry Airport for 10 years and are used to seeing aircraft of all sorts.