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Once in a Blue Moon – A Total Lunar Eclipse


http://www.complex.com/life/2017/12/january-2018-rare-spectacular-month-supermoon – Eric Skelton and moon image from Getty images.

We are about to watch a rare science spectacle in Australia tomorrow night. This moon can be seen in other parts of the world, but we get the best seat.

total lunar eclipse will occur on Wednesday, January 31, and it’s also being called many other lunar things, from a Blood Moon to a Blue Moon and a Super Moon.

So what is really going to happen tomorrow night? Here is a good guide to the eclipse from The Conversation.

This is the first time in three years that we have the chance to see a total lunar eclipse from Australia, and the Moon will spend just over three hours passing through Earth’s shadow.

Last year, on August 21, there were a lot of excitement and media coverage of the solar eclipse across America.

The continent-spanning wave of instruments from home-made pinhole cameras to the most sophisticated telescopes followed the eclipse across the U.S.A.

We also had two super moons so far in a close space of a year.  The total lunar eclipse – and third supermoon. A note here as well that there won’ be any full moon in February – but we have two in January. Moon’s appearances are interpreted by many cultures in different ways, and the moon also affects festivity seasons, food harvests and traditional rituals.

 

Courier Mail story on Once in a blue moon…

LUCKY YOU, USA – TOTAL ECLIPSE


I am jealous that we can’t see the total solar eclipse in Australia, but you lucky ones in the Unites States of America will be able to witness this rare cosmic chance event on August 21. It has been discussed in the media and predicted that this eclipse will be watched by most people than any eclipse ever before. Thousands are travelling from other countries to USA to watch it. And, partial eclipse will be seen in parts of Europe.

So tomorrow, we will be watching it on our screens in Australia while you in America will watch the real thing. Be safe, wear your special glasses, and feel free to make comments here on your experience.

An artist impression of past eclipses

Courtesy of Los Angeles Times

Rosemarie Fiore’s “Smoke Eclipse #52,” 2015. Firework smoke residue on Sunray paper. (Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles)

 

*There is a lot of information on the internet on past and future eclipses.