The Super Blue Blood Moon

The awe-inspiring lunar eclipse this morning from the backyard of our house near Sacramento in Northern California.

I set the alarm for 4:30 a.m. this morning to catch the rare super blue blood moon. A super moon happens when the moon in particularly close to the earth. A blue moon is a second full moon of a calendar month, January. A reddish blood moon comes when the moon is in the earth’s shadow during the eclipse. It’s rare for all three to happen at the same time.

When I heard that the West Coast would provide some of the best views I set my mind to wake up to see it. Little did I know that my son stayed up to catch the whole -rogression from partial eclipse to totality. By 5:15 a.m. the entire family stood in the sub 40 degree cold to look up at the sky to see a sight not seen since 1866.

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My son used an iPhone camera in the eyepiece of our Celestron telescope to take the photos. We defintely need a better set-up for photos, but the pictures still looked amazing. Here’s a picture of the partial eclipse.

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The total eclipse lasted for just over an hour from about 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. By 5:30 a.m. the bright moon darkened to the point where we could pick out a few constellations.

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We caught part of the partial eclipse portion, but the sun rose to wipe out the whole scene before we could see the bright super moon again.

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Everyone went to bed to catch a bit more sleep before getting up for school and work. What a great experience to share with the family, even though I felt awful all day from broken sleep and too much bad coffee.

 

Psalm 19:1-4

 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.

 

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