Don't you just love social media? (I'm being sarcastic)
Posts about the SUPERBLUEBLOODMOON plus a LUNAR ECLIPSE on Jan. 31 are setting the internet on fire. So what's the real story?
Three things will be happening on Jan. 31
- Blue Moon
- Lunar Eclipse
Even though the supermoon is a "Thing" it doesn't mean a lot when you are looking at it. It'll look bigger but not as big as you are seeing in some posts out there. Some astronomers, like Richmond-based Justin Bartel, point out the supermoon doesn't make as big a difference as the name "Super" implies.
Now, this is a real thing! But sadly, it won't put on much of a show this month. In my years here at NBC12, I've spent a great deal of TV time trying to convince you to go outside and look at lunar eclipses. A lunar eclipse is when the moon enters the earth's shadow. But the eclipse on Jan. 31st will be getting underway just as it's setting beneath the western horizon.
Here's a great animation from Timeanddate.com You can see the East Coast of the United States, Including Richmond, won't get much of a show.
I don't want to be a party pooper, but I guess on this one that's what I'm doing. But keep in mind, whether "Super" or not, the moon and stars are always up there, being GREAT. For me: that'll do just fine.
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