April Full moon: over Alcatraz and moon eclipse

» Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in San Francisco

This morning, early, there was a full moon eclipse visible from San Francisco. The eclipse did start at 2am until 8am. So I woke very early and drove to San Francisco, I was planning on catching the second portion of the eclipse over the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.
A couple of factors were not playing in my favor:
First the weather, a storm was supposed to be here Saturday and the chance of clouds were at 45%. This is high enough not to see the moon at all.
Second, the eclipse was past the moon set, so the moon would be not as bright as usual, combining by the fact that the moon set time was after the sunrise (by 5 minutes or so) I was predicting that the moon would be very faint against the sky.
Third, the moon would not be low enough on the horizon until 6:30am so I would only get a portion of the eclipse.

But I was lucky, the weather pattern was slower than expected and will not get here until Saturday afternoon.

In this set of images, you can see the moon setting and the eclipse shadow getting smaller and smaller. The last image is literally right before the moon went behind the bridge and was too faint to see.

April 2015 moon eclipse over the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.

April 2015 moon eclipse over the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.

The end of the April 2015 moon eclipse over the Golden Gate Bridge.

The end of the April 2015 moon eclipse over the Golden Gate Bridge.

The shadow of the earth on the moon is almost gone. April 2015

The shadow of the earth on the moon is almost gone. April 2015

Alcatraz and the Golden Gate bridge as a backdrop for the full moon.

Alcatraz and the Golden Gate bridge as a backdrop for the full moon.

Full moon over Alcatraz

Full moon over Alcatraz

Full moon setting over Alcatraz and the Golden Gate bridge.

Full moon setting over Alcatraz and the Golden Gate bridge.