Super Blue Red Moon
Amateur Astronomer Checks In
Science can be for anyone willing to look up!
This is Laura & Sasha of Laura-n-Sasha’s Excellent Adventure coming to you from Government Wash, just outside of Las Vegas, NV. The photographs taken in the video are from American Girl Mine Road, near Winterhaven, CA.
This amazing event took place from January 30 to January 31, 2018. I took the first picture on January 30th, as the almost full moon came up over the Cargo Muchacho Mountains. The moon rise happened around sunset on January 30th, and we took an early night so that we could get up at 3:30 am on January 31st to watch and photograph.
Woke Up Too Early
I actually woke up at 2:30 am Pacific Standard Time as I was too excited to sleep more. I was afraid that my alarm clock would not wake me up. Of course it would wake me up, I am sure…but there were a tons of things happening here.
- First it was a Super Full Moon. This means that it was a little closer than most full moons.
- Second, it was the second full moon of the month, which means in modern terms, a Blue Moon!
- And third, a Lunar Eclipse! That lunar eclipse would only be visible to those west of the Mississippi, so we were in a great position to see it.
- However, the sun came up before the eclipse ended. That was OK, because we were all tired from watching, and packed up and headed inside.
- But we had fun and that is what’s important. It was an awesome event made better with friends.
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Amateur Astronomer Checks In
I was NASA-trained with the green laser pointer. As an amateur astronomer, I never, ever point at planes or people. I use it only to point out stars and celestial objects.
Stellarium is a free software usable on laptops. I have been using my copy for at least 7 years. You can get in close to see planets and galaxies. Works great especially if you don’t have a telescope.
We also used binoculars. If you know of a product that allows you to use an iPhone 6s with binoculars, please let us know in the comments below. Thanks for watching, subscribing, liking and commenting!
Crack of Noon Club Gets Up Early
So yes, I got up early, although we had already set up the tripod, and I had my phone fully charged. We had our chairs out for viewing and I got my green laser pointer set up with its batteries.
You want to minimize the light as much as possible, so that you can see stars later, when the eclipse happens. And we did see stars, a couple of planets, and a few galaxies. Amazed to see Scorpius in the middle of the night. Of course, you usually see that constellation in the summer if you are between 30-40 degrees north latitude. When you get into higher north latitudes, it is harder to see on the southern horizon.
Did You See the Lunar Eclipse?
Let us know if you saw the lunar eclipse in the comments below. Did you get pictures? Let us know where to check out your pictures too, we’d love to see them.
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