Super-Wolf-Blood Moon!

Tonight… for a lot of you. Alas, I won’t be able to view it. Rats. I would have loved to see this thing against the background of downtown Tokyo, where I am as I write.

We have a Super-Wolf-Blood Moon.

I find the order in which we English speakers want to place our adjectives fascinating.   This order feels right.  But… Super-Blood-Wolf Moon works.

It’s the Wolf Moon, because of the month, Blood because it an eclipse, and Super because the Moon is at perigee with your planet.  It should appear larger than most full moons.

From SpaceWeather.

Explanation: Tonight a bright full Moon will fade to red. Tonight’s moon will be particularly bright because it is reaching its fully lit phase when it is relatively close to the Earth in its elliptical orbit. In fact, by some measures of size and brightness, tonight’s full Moon is designated a supermoon, although perhaps the “super” is overstated because it will be only a few percent larger and brighter than the average full Moon. However, our Moon will fade to a dim red because it will also undergo a total lunar eclipse — an episode when the Moon becomes completely engulfed in Earth’s shadow. The faint red color results from blue sunlight being more strongly scattered away by the Earth’s atmosphere. A January full moon, like the one visible tonight, is referred to as a Wolf Moon in some cultures. Tonight’s supermoon total eclipse will last over an hour and be best visible from North and South America after sunset. The featured time-lapse video shows the last total lunar eclipse — which occurred in 2018 July. The next total lunar eclipse will occur only in 2021 May.

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  1. Julia_Augusta says:

    Enjoy Tokyo! If you’re tired of the busyness of Tokyo, take a train to Kamakura, just outside the city. Will you be going to Kyoto, too?

  2. FN says:

    Father, inquiring minds want to know what you’re doing in Tokyo! We’d love to catch up with you if you will be celebrating Mass while here.

  3. Julia_Augusta says:

    I believe Father Zuhlsdorf has been invited by Una Voce Japan, a fine organization that promotes the TLM in Japan. Sadly, in Kyoto we do not have a regular TLM. I wish Father Z would move to Kyoto.

  4. Kathleen10 says:

    We can’t see it here in New England. An icy front is covering the area, so there will be no viewing for us either. Super wolf blood moon bummer. Enjoy Japan Fr. Z!

  5. I will probably not see this event directly because of the weather. It is often the case in Idaho that, when cool signs appear in the heavens, the sky is overcast. But I think it is being webcast.

  6. JesusFreak84 says:

    I’d love to go to Japan one of these days, but I won’t get on a plane as long as TSA exists =-\

  7. Sword40 says:

    I was in Tokyo in August 1964. I was in the Marines and got a 96 hour pass to visit there from Iwakuni (southern Honshu) . Had a great time at the Olympic that summer. And, yes, Kamakura is a great place to visit, too.

    Here in the pacific northwest we have cloudy skies and drizzle.

  8. OssaSola says:

    Thank you, we just ran outside in our PJ’s and saw the eclipse in the clear Texas sky; we would have missed it otherwise.

    Godspeed your Mission in Tokyo!

  9. I am in north Texas above Dallas and saw the eclipse from my back door window. I am in the country so there were no city lights. The moon was huge and beautiful.

  10. We live in Washington, D.C. and last night was preternaturally clear although icy-cold. At midnight we pulled on heavy jackets and raced out to our patio to see the gorgeous rust-red full moon. The only disappointment: It wasn’t a super-moon, alas. Earlier in the night it had been huge, an almost unnaturally luminous silver disco ball, but it grew smaller as the night progressed and looked fairly small during the eclipse. That must have had something to do with the atmosphere around here–although I can’t figure out what. Still, what a thrill.

  11. Mariana2 says:

    Very conveniently was able to watch it from my bedroom window this morning.

  12. Gerard Plourde says:

    The view in Philadelphia was spectacular (a rare thing in the urban environment of the Northeast Megalopolis). What a wonderful way to experience another manifestation of the wonders of God’s Creation.

  13. Mightnotbeachristiantou says:

    I saw this somewhere else. There is an order to our adjectives in English. I don’t ever remember being taught this in chool, but it is something we know.

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