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April 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Night sky photographer Dennis Mammana (© Dennis Mammana/ captured this beautiful image of a rare ‘blood moon” eclipse overnight in the Anza Borrego Desert.

The professional photographer managed to get this shot despite a battery failure that prevented his telescope from tracking the moon and stars as they moved across the sky, resulting in slight blurring.  He adds, “I hope to have the problem solved before the next eclipse in October!”

You can see more images by Dennis Mammana at his Facebook page and website:

Mammana has also recently begun offering Borrego Night Sky tours of the universe visible over the desert.  Learn more at

Note: A preview story on the blood moon had an incorrect date. We regret the error.