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    Posted April 5, 2015 by
    Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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    A rare sight in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong, April 4 -- Incessant cloud cover posed as an issue for stargazers and photo enthusiasts. My 14-year-old son, who's starting a new section on astronomy, and I headed for the east-facing cliffs near the Clearwater Bay Country Club.

    More than a dozen photographers set up DSLRs on tripods and anxiously stared at smartphones for the Observatory weather reports. Menacing clouds prevailed, although the winds carried them further north.

    At 7:30 p.m., the clouds abated and the moon watchers struggled to capture a few shots between the clouds. For about 15 minutes before the total eclipse, the patient were rewarded with the blood moon and the waning crescent moon.

    Immediately before the 7:54 p.m. eclipse, the cloud cover returned except for a few seconds at 8:02 p.m. An overexposed shot allowed a final shot of the blood moon.

    The day after, we read in the local press that the crowds that had gathered at the Science Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui were largely disappointed due to the high amounts of cloud cover in the Victoria Bay area.

    Fortunately, I did not move our position from Clearwater Bay to Shek O, a recommended location.

    Though touch-and-go until the spectacle arrived, we truly enjoyed the show, which will not make an encore performance until 2032 in Hong Kong.
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