The Full Supermoon in Leo will turn “blood” red and be visible throughout the Western Hemisphere. The penumbra shadow begins at 7:10pm PT with totality starting at 8:40pm PT and lasts for about an hour.
This is a real treat and one of the night sky highlights of the year. Truly. For North America, this is the last visible total lunar eclipse until 2022. I hope you have a chance to experience it.
Why does the moon turn red? Behind the Earth’s full shadow, the moon reflects the simultaneous light of every sunrise and sunset escaping the narrow edge of our atmosphere.
I’m fascinated by what we can measure and explore during eclipses. Personally, they have often coincided (or perhaps, “announced”) intense shifts in professional and work-related endeavors. Tonight is an opportunity to reflect on transitions, both within and without.
If the weather is uncooperative (as it’s looking like it might be in Santa Cruz), here are a few ways to view the eclipse tonight online via webcasts.
Beyond the spiritual work we can embark upon during an eclipse, here’s an analytical perspective to consider:
Those warmly shifted photons of travel as a light wave for two and a half seconds, bouncing off the silent and dusty moonrocks in their elegantly crimson return back to Earth. “One Mississipi Two Mississipi Three Missi—”