Spring 2019: Good Friday Full Moon

April 20, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Websites such as Time and Date are handy if you want to know when the moon or sun is to come over the horizon where you might be. However, in Butte, Montana, you must add about 40 minutes (depending on the time of year) if you want to observe moon- or sunrise. Why? Butte sits in a relatively deep valley only a few miles west of the East Ridge (the Continental Divide) that rises up to 2,500 feet above the valley floor. Several times Mary have left our house in pretty dark light with intent to photograph the sunrise, driven east on I-90 up and over Homestake Pass (about 6 miles), and found that the sun was already up.

On Good Friday, moonrise in Butte was to be at about 8:50 p.m. according to Time and Date. I went out to see how the sky looked at about 9:30 p.m. and saw that the partially cloudy sky was brightening above the ridge. The moon came up into a fully dark sky at about 9:45 p.m. Full moons are tough to photograph even when they are on time, but their brightness in complete darkness adds to the difficulty.

Fortunately, a hazy sky and a few clouds muted its brightness and helped offer context for this Good Friday moon.

 Click on the image to see it in the Montana Spring Gallery. Go to http://twpattphotos.com to see today's Home Page Slide Show. 
Good Friday MoonGood Friday MoonFull moon, Butte, Montana. April 19, 2019.


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