Beacon Under a Blood Moon

Beacon Under a Blood Moon

 

A reminder to Wigwam readers that tomorrow night, Sunday, September 27th, brings us a rare total lunar eclipse of a super moon. A super moon refers to times when the moon is both full and closest to the earth in its orbit, making it appear 14% larger and 33 % brighter than your standard full moon. Aaooooo!

Sunday’s super moon eclipse is set to begin at 9:07 p.m., with the total eclipse (umbra phase) happening from 10:11 to 11:23. The show wraps up just after midnight.

It is called a blood moon when a super moon gets eclipsed because some of the light scattered in the earth’s atmosphere refracts and causes the moon to appear a dark coppery color.

Right now the weather forecast calls for partly cloudy skies. Keep your fingers crossed!

The feature photo above was taken last year. Here are a few shots from around dusk two evenings ago, when the moon was still waxing gibbous. It appears proportionally smaller due to camera lens distortion. Click on a photo to embiggen.

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