Super Moon, Lunar Eclipse Combine for Spectacular Show over Longbranch

A giant full moon rises over the treeline of Anderson Island seen from Longbranch on the eastern shore of the Key Peninsula Friday July 31, 2015. For the second time this month, the Moon is about to become full. There was one full Moon on July 2nd, and now the second full moon tonight. The science.nasa.gov website says that according to modern folklore, whenever there are two full Moons in a calendar month, the second one is
A Blue Moon rising over the tree tops on Anderson Island July 31. Tonight’s celestial event combines a Super Moon with a total lunar eclipse. It is a rare occurrence and will not happen again until 2033, according to NASA.
Keep an eye on the eastern sky as the moon begins its ascent. The eclipse begins at 6:40 p.m., and will last 1 hour and 11 minutes.
Keep an eye on the eastern sky as the moon begins its ascent. The eclipse begins at 6:40 p.m., and will last 1 hour and 11 minutes.

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.

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