A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth’s dark shadow, or umbra.
Monthly Archives: January 2018
The Sky Tonight Update: Full Moon, Super Moon, Blue Moon
This January 31st, the Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. Since this is the second full moon in the same month, it is sometimes referred to as a blue moon. This is also the last of two supermoons for 2018. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.
The Sky Tonight Update: Quadrantids Meteor Shower peaks Jan. 3 and 4
The Quadrantids is an above average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak. It is thought to be produced by dust grains left behind by an extinct comet known as 2003 EH1, which was discovered in 2003.
Sky Tonight Update: Full Moon, Super Moon
The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated.