A celestial spectacle is expected to occur above us this evening if the sky over Longbranch stays clear.
The rare confluence of a super moon and a total lunar eclipse will happen at 6:40 p.m., according to NASA. This is an event that last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033.
A once-in-a-generation event such as this is often interpreted in different ways. Here is a report from the Associated Press that underscores one interpretation:
Sunday night’s “blood moon” and recent natural disasters and political unrest around the world have led to a rise in sales at emergency preparedness retailers. Apocalyptic statements by a Mormon author have only heightened fears among a small number of Mormon followers about the looming end of time.
If you are in the mood to simply watch a heavenly show, step out into your yard and look up to the east. NASA says this show will last 1 hour 11 minutes, starting just after nightfall.
If you would rather stay inside, then catch the show on your computer from NASA’s live feed here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc.
I, for one, am looking forward to this. The moon pies are in the freezer and the beers are chilling on ice.
My lovely bride and I will share our favorite blanket and waltz into autumn with this rarest of events.
Good morning Longbranch.