Red Moon At Dawn! Don’t Miss The Jan. 31 Total Lunar Eclipse

Scrawl a big circle around the date Jan. 31. That Wednesday morning, the full moon will toddle into Earth’s shadow and be eclipsed. Unlike the August solar eclipse, where you had to be standing inside a 100-mile-wide strip to see totality, total lunar eclipses are visible across half the planet anywhere the moon is up.…
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A February Without A Full Moon

Some months have two full moons. This month’s like that with full moons on Jan. 1 and Jan. 31.  The second full moon in a month is called a Blue Moon. January’s Blue Moon’s even more special because it will be totally eclipsed that morning. More on that in a future blog. The average interval…
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Busy Skies At Dawn: Quads Meteor Shower, Mars Swoops By Jupiter

Hope you got irradiated by the bright supermoon on New Year’s night. Clouds blocked the moonrise by me but for only about 15 minutes. Soon, the moon triumphantly broke into view and blazed all night long. High clouds gave it a soft, yellow ruff early. Later, a phenomenal ice crystal halo developed with the supermoon…
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Happy New Year’s Supermoon!

We start the year with an astronomical bang — a big, bright supermoon on New Year’s Night. January’s full moon, called the Wolf Moon, also happens to be the new year’s closest full moon of the year. Exceptionally close full moons have come to be called supermoons because they appear brighter and bigger than the…
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Bright Moon Vs. Upcoming Geomagnetic Storm

The moon rose last night 99% full and made for a spectacular sight just after sunset. It’s amazing how much detail you can see on the moon’s face in early twilight when it’s light is only a little brighter than the background sky. The blotchy rayed craters Copernicus, Aristarchus and Tycho and a full spate…
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