We’ve seen some pretty cool lunar events already this year, with two supermoons, a blue moon and one total eclipse back in January. Now we’re set for another total lunar eclipse in two weeks. With an expected duration of 1 hour 42 minutes and 57 seconds, NASA says it will be the longest lunar eclipse this century. It’s on July 27th, 2018 and will, in fact, be the longest lunar eclipse until 2123.
The photos of Super Blue Blood Moon have been all over the internet in the past couple of days. Destin Sandlin from Smarter Every Day took some shots too, and he captured a phenomenon that got him utterly confused.
Destin and his friend Trevor Mahlmann shot the moon aligned with Saturn 5 rocket in Alabama, USA. As the tip of the rocket and the moon got aligned, a dark line appeared, and it stayed in line with the rocket’s tip all along. Destin has a great knowledge of both astronomy and photography, but this phenomenon got him so confused that he turned to the community for help. Can you tell what this line is?
Tonight we will witness a rare astronomical phenomena called “supermoon” total lunar eclipse. This happens when a lunar eclipse happens in conjunction with the event of a super moon – The time when the moon is closest to earth and thus looks the biggest. (Next time this will happen is on 2033). To really take it over the top, this will be a blood moon, meaning a red moon. So Bright, Big and Eclipsed. Definitely something worth taking a photo.
Here is a list of resources that will help you make the best of the occasion:
Last night, a lunar eclipse came into fruition above us and the moon took the color of Mars. Living in Dallas, Texas, I was lucky enough to have a clear, cloudless sky so that I could see it for myself. All over North America, many others got to share the experience as well. #bloodmoon became a trending topic on both Instagram and Twitter, and people were genuinely excited to go outside and witness a wonder of the universe we live in.
But there were also many of you that didn’t get to see it. Maybe you had work, maybe you forgot, or maybe you just didn’t care. So here’s a video from NASA’s broadcast of the eclipse itself, from the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. Make sure you play it in full HD, and full screen; there’s good reasons why I didn’t embed you guys a weak 360p link here.[Read More…]