Slooh’s Blue Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse
The Supermoon Trilogy we’ve been experiencing since December will end with a bang on January 31st, combining a Supermoon, a Blue Moon, and a Total Lunar Eclipse. Slooh will livecast the entire eclipse, starting at 5:45am EST. Its duration is a projected 5 hours, 17 minutes, with the totality phase lasting 1 hour, 16 minutes, starting at approximately 7:50am EST. Join our team of experts at 7:00am EST as they share the fascinating science, ancient lore, and human stories behind lunar eclipses – that most captivating of celestial events – as well as supermoons and blue moons. The eclipse will be visible from western North America, the Pacific Ocean, Australia, and parts of Asia. Slooh will feature live feeds from partners in Hawaii, Australia and Asia.
This is the first total Lunar Eclipse since September 28, 2015 and it has been almost seven years since has one entered as deeply into the umbral shadow as this one will! The next total Lunar Eclipse will be on July 27, 2018. Total lunar eclipses are often referred to as “Blood Moons” because of the reddish color the Moon assumes during totality and this one promises to have a vibrant and ruddy hue. This trilogy of large full moons is not rare, but a wonderful cosmic rhythm – supermoons generally come in threes. When a Full Moon occurs when the Moon is near its closest to Earth in its elliptical orbit (termed perigee), we call it a “Supermoon”. Unlike solar eclipses, which are only visible from specific locations on Earth, lunar eclipses are visible anywhere it is nighttime.
The winner and runners-up of the first Fenimore Cooper Prize for Eclipse Writing will also be announced. Slooh launched this contest in August to commemorate the 2017 Transcontinental Eclipse; read all of the finalists’ submissions in January’s Best of Illuminations.