Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Super Blue Blood Moon: Lunar Eclipse on January 31st!

January 31st is the big day, and everyone is talking about the Super Blue Blood Moon.  A lot of names for this event!  Since the moon does not orbit around the earth in an even pattern there is a 14% difference in how bright the moon is.  A super moon is identified when the moon is closest to the Earth and therefore the brightest.  A blue moon is when there are two full moons within one month.  During a full lunar eclipse, the moon turns a reddish-orange color which is how the name blood moon came to be.  Of the three lunar events none are particularly rare independently. Though the last time all three lunar events were combined was over 150 years ago, in 1866, making this a once in a lifetime trilogy of events. 

When and where is this awesome sight observable? The US Pacific Coast, Alaska, Australia and Eastern Asia will have the best view being able to see it from start to finish. The East coast can view the eclipse, but it will be close to moon set and the lightening sky will impede the full effect from being observed.  For those in Eastern Time the eclipse will start at 5:51 am but won’t be very noticeable until about an hour later, at 6:48 am the darker shadow of the Earth will cover the moon giving us that reddish-orange glow. The peak of the eclipse will be at 6:15 am Central time, 6:30 am Mountain time and between 5 and 6:00 am Pacific time.  We are excited to be able to witness this grand event!

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