Set your alarms for early Wednesday morning and join us for a spectacular phenomenon that only happens once in a blue moon. Head out on the water with our SUP tour guides as we watch a lunar trifecta that has not been seen in over a century: The Super Blue Blood Moon.
In reality eclipsed supermoons aren’t all that rare. But, the total eclipse of a Blue Moon hasn’t occurred since March 31, 1866. That’s 152 years! So, if you can drag yourself out of bed and our local weather cooperates, you’re in for a treat!
We will meet at Island Water Sports at 5:45am and head out to the intracoastal with our SUP Instructors for a glimpse just before the moon sets. Plus those attending will have a unique opportunity to view the wildlife around Deerfield Island Park during sunrise.
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Your lunar awesomeness all-you-need-to-know guide
So what are we looking for anyway?
This Wednesday morning, we will experience something called a Super Blue Blood Moon. It is a rare time when three lunar phenomenon happen on the same night… a Super Moon, a blue moon, and a blood moon (or lunar eclipse).
Where can I see it?
Viewing the Super Blue Blood Moon Online
If the weather does not cooperate or you wish to see the eclipse from an ideal location (like to comfort of your bed), there are several ways to watch. NASA TV’s live feed will be showing the event live. The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles is also doing a live feed at the lunar eclipse. Or, head to Virtual Telescope who will also be streaming the event.
Learn More About the Super Blue Blood Moon
According to Space.com,
Open the app, and then search for and center the moon — don’t worry if it’s below the horizon for now. Next, set the app’s date to Jan. 31, 2018, and the app’s time to about 1 a.m. in your local time zone. For locations in North America, the app will show the moon high in the night sky. Zoom in on the display until the moon shows as a good-sized disk.
Understanding how lunar eclipses work is easy if your app allows you to display the invisible circles representing the full and partial shadows that Earth casts into space. In the SkySafari 6 app, the setting is located under Settings > Solar System > Orbits, Paths & Shadows. Enable the Earth & Moon Shadow Circles, and exit Settings. The smallest circle is the zone, or umbra, where the sun is completely blocked by the Earth. The larger circle is the penumbra, the region where some of the sun is still shining on objects passing through it.
Other Tools to Learn
Love to observe the Moon? It’s easy to make a Moon Phases Calendar and Calculator that will keep all of the dates and times for the year’s phases of the Moon at your fingertips.