Getting Mooned in 2018: Rare Super Blue Blood Moon

Lunar Eclipse Red Moon. Image Source: CSIRO

We’re About to See a Rare Moon That Hasn’t Appeared For More Than 150 Years since 31 March 1866.

On January 31, around midnight, the full moon will not only be super, it will be a blue moon and a blood moon.

The blue moon comes as it will be the second full moon in a month. That happens every two and a half years, hence the saying “once in a blue moon”.

But wait, there’s more – these two celestial events, the blue moon and the super moon, will also coincide with a total lunar eclipse.

With Earth in between the Sun and the Moon, sunlight has to pass through the Earth’s atmosphere, which scatters the green to violet light more than it scatters the red light. So the Moon appears red – a blood moon.

The last time all three events lined up this perfectly was more than 150 years ago. According to the Canon of Lunar Eclipses, the last time humans saw a total eclipse of a blue moon was 31 March 1866.

Is this rare moon an omen of social change?

Historical context of the last appearance of this rare moon. The American Civil War ended in 1865, so March 31, 1866 was near the beginning of post-Civil War Reconstruction. This rare moon last rose over 4 million newly freed slaves in America and a newly reunited United States of America.

“The First Vote,” November 1867. Image Source: Library of Congress

“The First Vote,” November 1867. Image Source: Library of Congress

On the tenth of May 1866, just a month and a half after the rare moon, the Eleventh National Women’s Rights Convention met in New York City. Thus, in 1866, the National Women’s Rights Convention officially merged with the American Antislavery Society to form the American Equal Rights Association (AERA). This union marked the culmination of the longstanding partnership between abolitionist and women’s rights advocates.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton presided over the meeting. Stanton captured the radical spirit of the hour: “now in the reconstruction,” she declared, “is the opportunity, perhaps for the century, to base our government on the broad principle of equal rights for all.”

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the great women’s rights and abolition activist, was one of the strongest forces in the universal suffrage movement. Her name can be seen at the top of this petition to extend suffrage to all regardless of sex, which was present to Congress on January 29, 1866. Image Source: National Archives and Records Administration

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the great women’s rights and abolition activist, was one of the strongest forces in the universal suffrage movement. Her name can be seen at the top of this petition to extend suffrage to all regardless of sex, which was present to Congress on January 29, 1866. Image Source: National Archives and Records Administration

Where to see it in all its glory?

Three big Moon moments on one glorious night for skywatchers. The best place to see it, according to Space.com, will be in central and eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia.

Unfortunately, the US will miss out on the full spectacle as the eclipse will happen too close to the Moon setting.

You can see where the eclipse will be visible in the graphic below.

Jan. 31, 2018 lunar eclipse map for super, blue, blood moon. Image Source: NASA

Jan. 31, 2018 lunar eclipse map for super, blue, blood moon. Image Source: NASA

The Northern hemisphere times can be found here. You can find more celestial events for 2018 HERE.

 

Portions of this article originally published by Business Insider.

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Author, Advocate, Blogger & Zombie Aficionado. Air Force veteran and jack of all trades, with a wide range of experience with many different cultures around the world as well as working alongside both CEOs and average Joes. "Writing was never a goal or even vaguely contemplated as a career choice, it just happened, an accidental discovery of a talent and a passion." A passion that has taken him in many directions from history to zombies to advocacy to News especially in this day and age of "Fake News" and "Alternative Facts." The Truth Is Out There!

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