Total Eclipse of the Moon

The actual song Total Eclipse of the Moon is from the Voyageur album by Enigma  but here is a fun take off from NPR to listen to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO4kSNwKvW0 Lyrics: Miles away from light at noon Total eclipse of the moon Many reasons to believe in life Just listen what it’s telling you Come and have a look inside Total eclipse of the moon Don’t be childish, don’t be so cruel I’m feeling just lonely without Without you I can see the wide horizons But debts have to be paid Our ways will cross again someday Believe, and come back to …

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Once in a Blue Moon

 

This is from cnbc.com

“How rare is the event? Even without the supermoon, it’s the first blue moon total lunar eclipse in the U.S. since March 1866, less than a year after the Civil War ended, according to EarthSky.org.

A blue moon — which occurs about every 2½ years — is another term for the second full moon in a single calendar month. January’s first full moon occurred Jan. 1.

As for the total lunar eclipse, it will be visible early in the morning of Jan. 31 from western North America across the Pacific to eastern Asia,NASA said.

In the United States, the best view of the eclipse will be along the West Coast. For skywatchers in the central and eastern U.S., only a partial eclipse will be visible since the moon will set before totality.

“The lunar eclipse on Jan. 31 will be visible during moonset,” said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “Folks in the eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it.”

The eclipse will last almost 3½ hours from the beginning of the partial phase at 3:48 a.m. PT until it ends at 7:12 a.m. PT, according to Sky and Telescope. Totality lasts a generous 77 minutes, from 4:51 a.m. PT to 6:08 a.m. PT.

By that time, however, the moon will already have set in the eastern time zone.”

The Wolf moon is a Supermoon, visible January 1 and 2. During a Supermoon, the moon appears about 30% larger than normal.  We have two full moons in January 2018. The Lunar Eclipse is the end of the month, on the 31st. Months where we have two full moons are once in a blue moon events, because they happy so rarely.

I’m currently seeing a blue circle around the entire edge of the moon. It’s called a lunar halo, which is the light reflected from the moon reflecting off a thin cloud of ice particles in the atmosphere which creates a circular halo of light around the moon.

Blue Moon: The first full Moon goes by the name normally assigned to that month’s full Moon, but the second full Moon is called a Blue Moon. Blue Moons occur about every 2½ years, which is where we get the phrase once in a Blue Moon.

Black Moon: Black Moon refers to a month in which there is no full Moon. It may also refer to a second new Moon occurring within a calendar month. In February, there will be no full moon at all.

Supermoon: A full Moon is said to be a “Supermoon” when it is at the point in its orbit closest to the Earth.

The Wolf Moon is named after howling wolves. It is also known as the Cold Moon, primarily by various indigenous Great Lakes Native American Tribes. In some cultures, it was known as Old Moon, Ice Moon, Snow Moon, and the Moon after Yule. It was called the “Wolf Moon” because this was the time of the year when hungry wolf packs howled outside of villages. Native Americans’ Full Moon names were created to help different tribes track the seasons. Some Native American tribes called the January or February Moon the “Old Moon.”  By old, they are referencing that old fellow of winter. This moon is the largest we will see in 2018.

For Folklore regarding la luna, check out the Farmer’s Almanac. There is a video on the website.

The early Native Americans did not record time by using the months of the Julian calendar. Tribes kept track of time by observing the seasons and lunar months. For some tribes, the year contained 4 seasons and started at a certain season, such as spring or fall. Others counted 5 seasons to a year. Some tribes defined a year as 12 Moons, while others assigned it 13. Colonial Americans adopted some of the Native American full Moon names and applied them to their own calendar system.

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