2019

The Waxing Gibbous Moon Before Tomorrow’s Super Blood Moon

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Tonight’s Waxing Gibbous Moon (01-19-2019)

I’ve captured one last shot of the Waxing Gibbous Moon, before Luna’s big night tomorrow. We will have a Super Blood Moon/Total Lunar Eclipse.

The Moon will be in its perigee stage and as close as 221,681 miles (356,761 Kilometers) to Earth. This will be the closest approach for the year 2019. The furthest Full Moon will occur in June, this year. In it’s apogee stage it will be 252,622 miles (406,555 Kilometers) away from Earth. Being perigee and apogee, the distance of these two Moon stages is approximately 30,000 miles (50,000 Kilometers).

When we experience a Total Lunar Eclipse, the Earth covers the Moon 100 percent from the Sun. While the light supply from the Sun is cut due to the Earth’s shadow, the Moon doesn’t go completely dark. Instead, the surface of the Moon takes a reddish glow. Therefore, we call it a Blood Moon.

Let’s hope for a clear sky tomorrow night. The Lunar Eclipse can be seen from Eastern Russia at sunset, the North and South America at night and early morning hours. It also can be seen in Western Africa and in Europe before sunrise.