Without a ‘shadow’ of a doubt, we are living in an interesting time right now.
But even over us terrestrials, the celestial bodies are carrying on in the heavens in ways that I don’t think has ever fallen in threes like such; one of which, won’t come back around until 2033!
Not only is Mercury in Retrograde right now (through October 5), tonight is the night of the supermoon lunar eclipse and (in all her fullness) the heavens’ moon will be doing more than coming being full circle as she is [full] right now.
Remarking the first time showing herself in this kind of a light in over three decades (30 years), the supermoon / lunar eclipse occurs as the moon passes the earth’s shadow and turns blood red while doing (something like we’d only see in the movies!)
Astronomy has it that the supermoon is the result of the moon being at the closest point in orbiting around the earth such that it makes the moon appear 14% brighter and larger than usual.
Binoculars and telescopes around will get their use tonight as tonight is a stargazers dream and (for people who have to get up for work in the morning) unlike the Blue Moon and other fascinating moon dances we’ve waited around to witness, no alarms will have to be set as reminders to wake up and view. This lunar eclipse will occur during prime time hour, hours before the clock strikes 12!
Here are the deets on how to catch the moon:
- The supermoon is going to dim the earth’s shadow around 8:11 p.m. ET
- The moon will then pass through the darkness of the earth’s shadow somewhere around 9:07 p.m. ET
- According to NASA, the total eclipse will begin at approximately 10:11 p.m.
If you don’t have binoculars, don’t fret.
As long as you have a computer, straight from the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, NASA will live stream this wonder beginning around 8:00 p.m ET.
If you are in L.A. and want to do something different with your sweetie tonight, how ‘bout taking him/her to Griffith Observatory and check out this celestial shin dig straight from there!
Last ditch option (I don’t know if it will work as well as the previous ways to view) but our friends at Google have what’s called a Star Tracker – Mobile Sky Map. Can’t hurt to try it!
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