You knew this yr was odd, in so some ways.
Even the heavens are screaming out the message.
And tonight, it is possible for you to to view a very uncommon occasion because the moon rises round 6:17 PM PDT: a blue moon, a hunter’s moon and a micro-moon, ALL on a day signaling the supernatural: Halloween. Even rarer, this odd apparition will likely be viewable throughout all 4 time zones of the U.S. And much more ominous, a blood-red Mars will likely be near the moon.
More superb, the skies will clear over the Northwest for a very good view.
Be scared, very scared.
Let’s start with the climate state of affairs. It is almost clear outdoors this morning across the Northwest, with very skinny cirrus and a few fog in native river valleys (see beneath).
And the newest cloud forecast from the UW WRF mannequin signifies clear skies over all the area at eight PM tonight.
The full moon tonight will likely be a BLUE MOON, which happens when there are two full moons in a month. Blue moons aren’t that uncommon, occurring each 2-Three years.
But this will likely be Blue Moon on Halloween, which happens roughly each 19 years. More uncommon.
But this Blue Moon can even be a micro-moon (also referred to as a mini-moon), by which the moon is at its farthest distance from the earth.
The moon’s orbit across the Earth is an ellipse, not a circle, and at its farthest distance (the apogee) it seems to be smaller (see a comparability in dimension between a supermoon, the place the moon is near the earth, and a micromoon, beneath).
And on high of all of it, this blue moon will likely be viewable in all time zones of the U.S., which is usually not true.
Want extra? Mars may be very near Earth and tonight will likely be seen simply above the moon (see beneath). A big blood-red Mars on Halloween.
Image courtesy of EarthSky.org
Put all of those distinctive circumstances collectively, and tonight will likely be an astronomical deal with you’ll not see once more in your lifetime.
And to make this even odder, practically all the U.S. can have clear or practically clear skies tonight, one thing recommended by the newest seen satellite tv for pc picture from the GOES-East climate satellite tv for pc:
The full moon tonight will likely be a Hunter’s Moon, the primary full moon after the Harvest Moon, which is the total moon closest to the autumnal equinox (Sept. 21).
I can’t even think about the political implications of this convergence of bizarre occasions.
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