What a way to complete our first Ultimate Blog Challenge of 2018!
I awoke at 5:30 this morning and ran out to our porch to catch a glimpse of this unbelievable, Lunar Trifecta! Clouds were beginning to disturb my view, but I was able to catch a glimpse of the beautiful full blue moon in all its majesty and glamour.
Based on this cosmic combination, the unusual lunar sky show has been dubbed a super blue moon.
Unlike the total solar eclipse that occurred in August 2017, the total lunar eclipse will be safe to view with the naked eye. It will also last for more than an hour, while the totality of darkness from the solar eclipse was fleeting — less than three minutes.
The super blue blood moon is simply the coincidence of three lunar events: A Super Moon, a Blood Moon and a Blue Moon.
But the most visually impressive part of this lunar show promises to be the total eclipse. Lunar eclipses happen when Earth is between the moon and the sun, so that the moon passes through Earth’s shadow.
Eclipses don’t happen every month, because the moon’s orbit is tilted with respect to ours, so the lunar orb usually passes above or below Earth’s shadow. Our planet’s shadow completely engulfs the moon’s face twice a year, on average.
While no one can predict exactly what color we’ll see before each eclipse, based on current activity, expectations are that this total eclipse will be a dramatic brilliant orange.
The last time the three happed together was 152 years ago on March 31, 1866! There are usually a couple of lunar eclipses each year so if you do miss it this time around, the next one will happen on July 27 — though it won’t be visible in North America. It’ll be a long wait for sky watchers in the US as Johnston predicts the next visible lunar eclipse will be on January 21, 2019.
And, this is the last official post for the first Ultimate Blog Challenge of 2018. What an interesting run this was for me. I didn’t hit my 31 post mark, but I have to say this challenge was my most productive in quality and organization. You learn constantly from the organization and quality of the other blogs involved, and I’m admitting that was my downfall from previous challenges.
Constantly check out the other blogs involved. We can all learn from each other. This will ensure improvement of our own blogs and the upswing of our online presence.
Join the discussion and let us know your views about blog challenges and/or our spectacular Lunar Trifecta.
As always, I am…an illuminated Boomer Explorer.