Homestead To Host Super Moon and Lunar Eclipse Viewers


Homestead To Host Super Moon and Lunar Eclipse Viewers

"It's quite a mouthful", said Megan Glover, a lecturer at UPEI. Fingers crossed! To celebrate, we're thinking our STEM-loving kids would love to make this DIY Moon Calendar that will show them the phases of the moon any day of the week.

As Nahum Arav, a professor of astrophysics at Virginia Tech explains, a super moon is when the moon is at its closest distance to the Earth, making it look about 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than full moons that are further away. Although this is hard to see with the naked eye the moon will appear slightly larger in the sky. You'll have to get up before dawn, though.

Wetzel noted that the moon will look even bigger when it's low on the horizon because of optical effects.

On their own, Arav says each of these events is pretty common, but combined- a super blue blood moon is an extremely rare occurrence.

The celestial event can also affect your sleep - not just because the moon is brighter but because fluctuating hormones can keep you awake - and that goes for both men and women. This year there was a full moon on January 1 and there will be another on January 31.

The eclipse will also happen during what's known as a Super Moon.

The moon will set on P.E.I. before the total lunar eclipse, but UPEI lecturer Megan Glover says we'll have another chance in January 2019.

The moon will pass through Earth's shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse.

This will turn the moon a brooding, dark red due to light being bent or refracted onto its surface by the earth's atmosphere.

The first lunar eclipse of 2018 will occur on January 31 when the moon will appear in three different colours.

"We will have a handsome total eclipse of the moon next year", Joseph said. "The eclipse begins at 5:51 a.m. (EDT), as the moon is about to set in the western sky, and the sky is getting lighter in the east".