|2018-1-31 Lunar Eclipse ⬅︎|
| We will be experiencing an extraordinary triple event on the morning of January 31st: a blue moon, a
supermoon, and a lunar eclipse all in one. Maybe we should call it a super blue blood moon?
First of all, let's start with the blue moon. The popular definition of this refers to a 2nd full moon of
Since the lunar cycle lasts 29.5 days, if a month is long enough and a full moon occurs early enough in
it is possible to have a 2nd full moon later in the month. This month, there are full moons on both January 2nd
Let's move on to supermoon. The moon orbits the earth in a path that is elliptical,
not circular. When it is at perigee, the
closest point in its orbit, it can be as close as 221,500. And when it is at apogee, the furthest point in its
can be as far as 252,700 miles. Any time the moon is no further than 224,641 miles from earth at full
moon, it is
called a supermoon and will appear somewhat larger. This will happen on both full moons this month.
Finally, the blood moon. About every six months the moon is lined up with the earth and sun in its
around the earth. This is known as an eclipse season and both solar and lunar eclipses can occur.
eclipses are just partial or can't be seen from our location, but this eclipse season, we will
be able to
view a total lunar eclipse. The moon will appear to turn deep red as it travels through earth's shadow.
The eclipse will start at around 3am on the morning of Jan 31st as the moon enter's the earth's
penumbra. It won't
enter the umbra and begin to turn deep read until shortly before 4am. Totality begins shortly before 5am
until about 6am. Then the moon will slowly emerge from earth’s shadow bringing the eclipse to an end.
An event not to miss!
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