Watching the Super Blood Wolf Moon in Seattle

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It was all over the web – the total lunar eclipse of Jan 20th 2019: the “Super Blood Wolf Moon.”

  • Super because the moon would be closest to the earth in its elliptical orbit, making it appear 14% larger than at the furthest point.
  • Blood because it would be a total eclipse, when refracted light around the earth would make the moon look red.
  • Wolf because the full moon of January is called the Wolf Moon.

Though It was the last total lunar eclipse until some time in 2021, I expected to miss it because of the weather. Monday was cloudy and slightly drizzly here in Seattle.

But. Just in time for the eclipse, the clouds moved out of the way. So I got to watch from my balcony with binoculars. It was superb. I kept calling out to passers-by (mainly people walking their dogs) and most of them turned around, looked up, and were amazed.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera, and my iPhone was not very cooperative. Here’s my best shot:

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