Supermoon Lunar Eclipse To Become The First Pan-American Total Eclipse In 19 Years
“But what makes this eclipse so special is when it occurs relative to the Earth’s rotation. When the first stage of the eclipse begins, Europe and Africa will be nearing sunrise, but all of North and South America (as well as parts of Russia) will be full-on into the start of night.
As the Earth continues to turn and the Moon moves through the Earth’s shadow, the eclipse will go from penumbral to partial to total, with totality lasting for over an hour, before becoming a partial and then penumbral eclipse again.
Small portions of northern Europe and northern Asia will experience the entirety of the eclipse, but all of North and South America will get to view the entire thing. This marks the first Pan-American eclipse of the 21st century!”
On January 20/21, 2019, the Moon will slip into the Earth’s umbral shadow, creating the spectacular sight of a total lunar eclipse. The Moon will be at perigee during this event, meaning that this event will be a Supermoon eclipse, and will occur everywhere on Earth that’s experiencing night at this time. While Iceland, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and parts of Norway, Portugal, and Russia will get to see the whole thing, so will the entirety of North and South America, marking the first Pan-American eclipse of the 21st century, and the last one we’ll get until 2058!
Come get the full story of this amazing upcoming event visible to half of the Earth later this month!
Super Blue Blood moon, Jan 31, 2018
Captured with a Canon Powershot in Northern California
How Rare Is The All-In-One Supermoon, Blue Moon, And Lunar Eclipse, Really?
“With all that, we can combine this information to arrive at how frequently we expect all of these to occur together:
- Blue Moons make up about 3% of all full Moons,
- Supermoons are approximately 25% of all full Moons, and
- Total lunar eclipses occur during 5.6% of full Moons,
meaning that a Blue, Super, totally eclipsed Moon occurs with 0.042% of full Moons: once every 2,380 full Moons or so. On average, that corresponds to once every 265 years!”
On January 31st, 2018, an event that hasn’t occurred in the United States since 1866 will come to pass: a supermoon that’s also a blue moon, that’s also a total lunar eclipse. Sounds exciting, and incredibly rare! But if we look worldwide, we find that there was another such event just in 1982. This is puzzling when you consider that these events should only occur on timescales of centuries! Is this only a coincidence that we’re having so many “super blue blood moons” right now? Or is there a different explanation? You don’t know until you actually look at the science behind it, and that’s exactly what we’re doing here.
How rare is a supermoon, blue moon, and lunar eclipse together? Find out, and learn the best opportunities to see it!