Blood Moon July 27-28: Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century
Did you happen to look up and watch the Blood Moon on July 27-28?
If not you missed out on a spectacular sight! The color was bright and beautiful and the sky in my area, was an amazing blue.
The name of the Native American July Moon is called Full Buck Moon. Because a buck’s antlers are growing.
It’s also referred to the Thunder Moon. Because July usually has lots of thunderstorms. Which it just happens to be thunder-storming right now as I’m writing, I don’t believe in coincidences, lol!
The other amazing fact about this particular Blood Moon is, it’s also a Lunar Eclipse on the other side of the world. So those of in the USA will not have seen it.
This Lunar Eclipse will the longest in a Century, the total phase lasted 1 hour and 43 minutes. Including the partial phases it will run a total of 6 hours! You better have pulled up a chair, or you’d been standing for a very long time.
Along with the moon, the planet Mars was reaching its opposition. Lining up in a straight line with the Earth and the sun.
This will have made Mars appear larger and brighter in the night sky, due to the angle of the sunlight.
The next Total Lunar Eclipse happens Jan. 31, 2018. This will be visible to the USA. So if you missed this last one, maybe you can catch the next one. Happy sky gazing!