So you may have heard it on the news or read it in the papers that there is going to be a luna eclipse in the early hours of tomorrow morning. As this is happening when the moon is so close to the earth the moon appears a lot bigger than normal, and it is referred to as a supermoon. This rare occurance of a supermoon and a luna eclipse happens only once every 33 years, meaning the last one was seen in 1982.
Tomorrows lunar eclipse will begin at 1.10am with the full eclipse happening at around 3am. The moon will be at its shortest distance from the Earth, when it will be 226,000 miles away and will appear 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than when it is at its furthermost point. During the eclipse the moon will turn a blood red colour, hence it often being referred to as a blood moon. There have been 4 eclipses over the past 2 years at an interval of 6 months between them, which in itself is unusual. The reason the moon will look red is that the earths atmosphere scatters more blue light making the light that reaches the moons surface mostly red.
End of days??
Some religious groups believe that this event is going to mark the beginning of the end for us, referring to this quote:
Joel 2:31 in the Bible says: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord comes.”
Providing this doesn’t happen!! I would love any photos you get of the moon to either be sent into firstname.lastname@example.org, you can send me them on twitter @jarrowforecast we can be found on Facebook, under South Tyneside weather.
Happy sky watching!
photo credit to ktla.com