The clouds appeared to be a spoiler for the moonrise on Wednesday, but at the last moment, just before sunset, the sun’s light burst through the overcast and illuminated the monuments in a glow of rose-colored light. Moments later, as the sun’s fading light was moving off of the monuments, the moon appeared, shining through a thin veil of cirrus clouds. The moon slowly rose over Washington as the sky transitioned from the colors of sunset to a solid, twilight blue.
It was not the perfect moonrise for postcard photos, but for a weather-watcher, the interplay of sunlight, clouds, and the rising moon was very cool. I captured a time lapse video and some still photos of the event. I hope you enjoy the scenes of our beautiful and interesting March 7th moonrise. Larger versions of the photos can be viewed here.
Read below to see photographs of the moonrise.