superbloodeclipsing moon

This weekend, when you look into the night sky you will be able to see a blood red, larger-than-life moon projecting against the stars; the first in more than 30 years.

The rare event is due to the supermoon total lunar eclipse that is expected to happen on Sunday night. Anyone in the U.S. will be able to witness the event from their own backyards or watch the livestream on NASA’s website.

NASA expects the eclipse to last approximately 1 hour and 11 minutes beginning at 10: 11 p.m. and peaking at approximately 10:47 p.m. The live stream will begin at 8 p.m. when the supermoon is shining bright and it’ll end at 11:30 p.m.

NASA will also be answering questions regarding the eclipse via Twitter by using the hashtag #askNASA.

A ‘blood moon’ has always been seen as a bad omen throughout history, but NASA explains the red filtering is caused by particulates in Earth’s atmosphere. Experts have said that when there are a lot of fires or volcanic eruptions, lunar eclipses will appear darker and redder.

Once the moon hides behinds Earth’s shadow—the umbra—during an eclipse, sunlight reaches the moon indirectly and it’s refracted around the edges of Earth, which then causes all colors to be filtered with the exception of red.

Now all we have to do is keep our fingers crossed that the clouds of the weekend will have blown off.  The weekend is supposed to be cloudy and perhaps rainy.

My family always celebrates Harvest Moon, at my insistence.  We go to a Chinese restaurant each year.  The bad thing is, local Chinese restaurants don’t seem to highlight the Harvest Moon any more.  Now anyone with a moniker involving a moon should just get excited over this lunar event.   I am!

Happy Super, Harvest, Blood, Eclipsing Moon!!!!

8 Thoughts to “Super, harvest, eclipsing moon starring on Sunday night”

  1. Steve Thomas

    I well remember the 1982 event as a 17 year old. We went to the highest point we knew of, boombox playing pink floyds darkside of the moon, and watched the whole thing. I am praying for clear skies and plan to watch from my driveway.

    1. I think it is so neat. I don’t remember the last time specifically.

  2. Steve Thomas

    Bummer…supposed to be cloudy all weekend. Shame. Every time I see a blood moon, or a harvest moon, I fondly remember that evening in 1982 of the Blood/Harvest/Eclipse. Wanted my daughter to experience the same thing, as it won’t happen again until 2033.

    1. It’s supposed to blow off Sunday night. The question is, will it do it in time? I sure hope so. We might be far enough north.

  3. Ed Myers

    Imagine a Trump as president and this kind of factional tensions across both branches of government. Could the Democrats ask for anything better in terms of presenting a contrast of governing style to the American people?

    Ideological differences between the parties isn’t important if one party doesn’t have the temperament to run the essentials of government and accept incremental change toward their ideological goals as sufficient. This is a major rejection by the Republican Party of the independent voter who favors bi-partisanship.

  4. Emma

    Where do Republicans stand on the upcoming lunar eclipse, Ed?

  5. from

    SALT LAKE CITY — A rare confluence of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon set to happen this weekend has prompted such widespread fear of an impending apocalypse that the Mormon Church was compelled to issue a statement cautioning the faithful to not get caught up in speculation about a major calamity.

    Sunday night’s “blood moon” and recent natural disasters and political unrest around the world have led to a rise in sales at emergency preparedness retailers. Apocalyptic statements by a Mormon author have only heightened fears among a small number of Mormon followers about the looming end of time. The eclipse will give the moon a red tint and make it look larger than usual. It won’t happen again for 18 years.

    It’s unclear how many Latter-day Saints buy the theory, but Mormon leaders were worried enough that they took the rare step this week of issuing a public statement cautioning the faithful not to get carried away with visions of the apocalypse.

    Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told its 15 million worldwide members that they should be “spiritually and physically prepared for life’s ups and downs,” but urged them not to take speculation from individual church members as doctrine and “avoid being caught up in extreme efforts to anticipate catastrophic events.”

    The Mormons preparing to hunker down Sunday night aren’t alone. Some from other religions also fear a doomsday scenario. A Christian pastor in Texas has written a book predicting a world-shaking event.

  6. @Emma

    The above wasn’t a direct answer but it was a subset. I had already copied it to plant before I saw your question. @ Emma

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