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Blood moon eclipse

Perth was lucky enough to see a full blood moon eclipse last night (and at a sensible hour). The red color comes as sunlight passes through dust, and became much more obvious once we got half the moon covered. It was also a supermoon and a so-called blue moon (being the second full moon in January).  h/t Tom Q. Thanks for the call.

Blood Moon, Super Moon, Blue Moon. Photo, Jan 2018

Blood Moon, Super Moon, Blue Moon. Photo, Jan 2018

With a different exposure the shadow of the Earth was more obvious.

Blood Moon, Super Moon, Blue Moon. Photo, Jan 2018

Blood Moon, Super Moon, Blue Moon. Photo, Jan 2018

Unlike the edge of sunrise on the moon, which is beautifully sharp, the edge of the Earth shadow was blurred and spread over a wider area. The camera found it hard to cope with both the intense full moon light and the shadow side. In some exposures there is a real sense of it being a 3D ball hung in space. A curiosity, but well worth the look if you get the chance. The next total lunar eclipse that will be visible in the UK is on July 27, 2018. Americans and UK folk can look forward to another “super blood moon” eclipse coming on Jan. 21, 2019. (No “blue” artefact, but whatever).  The next super blue blood moon will happen exactly 19 years from now, on Jan. 31, 2037.

Click here to see more of the progression…

 

Blood Moon, Super Moon, Blue Moon. Photo, Jan 2018

1. Blood Moon, Super Moon, Blue Moon. Photo, Jan 2018

Blood Moon, Super Moon, Blue Moon. Photo, Jan 2018

03 Blood Moon, Super Moon, Blue Moon. Photo, Jan 2018

Sometimes the washed out exposure worked better than others.

Blood Moon, Super Moon, Blue Moon. Photo, Jan 2018

06. Blood Moon, Super Moon, Blue Moon. Photo, Jan 2018

09 Blood Moon, Super Moon, Blue Moon. Photo, Jan 2018

09 Blood Moon, Super Moon, Blue Moon. Photo, Jan 2018 |

For about an hour the eclipsed moon hung in the sky

13 Blood Moon, Super Moon, Blue Moon. Photo, Jan 2018

13 Almost there, Blood Moon. Photo, Jan 2018 Click to enlarge

13 Blood Moon, Super Moon, Blue Moon. Photo, Jan 2018

17  Full Blood Moon, Photo, Jan 2018  | Click to enlarge

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    Asp

    Be warned. It is a sign from the heavens that we have reached tipping point!
    Stop generating CO2 forthwith!

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    OriginalSteve

    Reminds me of the Democrats after the SOTU speech….going blue then the face from sulking, to red in the face from anger…. :-)

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    peter

    If it wasn’t for all the CO2 in the air, the colour would have been a cool green. :-)

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      sophocles

      Auckland NZ had too much cloud. I could see bits of light where it would have been, the clouds were a little lit up, but nothing else. That was at midnight and again at two. I gave up and went to bed.
      An hour later, the rain started.

      For some years now, whenever there’s something worth looking at up there, it’s been b%@@$y cloudy. Not thin cloud but horizon to horizon thick cloud. Grump.

      It’s raining at the moment and snow warnings have been issued for the road passes in the South Island. Whether or not it actually does snow is moot. The storm system will clear away in the wee hours and tomorrow morning.

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        el gordo

        There is a feeling that we are at the mercy of some internal dynamic.

        ‘Researchers have pointed to the deadly tsunami and earthquake which struck Japan on March 11, 2011, which claimed the lives of nearly 16,000 people – there was a supermoon eight days after this.

        ‘On February 22 of the same year, there was a 6.3 magnitude quake in Christchurch, New Zealand, which killed 185 people – there was a supermoon four days prior to this.

        ‘Seismologist for GNS Science Dr John Ristau said that if faults are at breaking point, a supermoon could trigger an Earthquake.’

        Express

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          Mark

          Saw the lunar this AM. yawn. On the other hand, last spring’s total solar eclipse was off the charts amazing!

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    Peter C

    Sizes and Distances of the Moon and the Sun

    The Earth’s shadow, as shown in some of Jo’s images can be used to estimate the distance to the Moon. The first to realise that and publish it was Aristachus of Samos 310-230 BC (before Christ) or BCE as given by the politically correct.
    https://www.britannica.com/biography/Aristarchus-of-Samos

    The method is quite simple. The apparent diameter of the moon is 0.5 degrees. The Earth shadow shows the apparent diameter of the Earth is about 4 moon diameters or 2 degrees.

    Imagine a right angled triangle with an angle of 2 degrees. The short side is the shadow of the Earth (as we see it during an eclipse) and the longer side is the distance to the Moon. The tangent of 2 degrees gives the ratio, which turns out to be 30:1. Therefore the Moon is 30 Earth diameters away.

    The actual distance (rather than the ratio) requires an estimate of the diameter of the Earth. That was done by Erastosthenes of Alexandria (276-194BC)
    https://www.britannica.com/biography/Eratosthenes

    Aristachus also estimated the distance to the Sun, using a different method. Although his estimate was too small he did establish that the Sun is a lot further away than the Moon.

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    Annie

    I managed to see the eclipse, just after midnight here and also had a look an hour later. Unfortunately the red colour wasn’t obvious, it was more of a dreary brown!
    Re. earthquakes: I was dreaming a couple of hours after this and dreamed I was in an earthquake. I was upstairs in a large house looking for something when the ‘quake started and I stood in the doorway hanging on to the door frame, thinking that the flimsy frame wouldn’t be much protection if the roof collapsed. I woke up feeling cold and my first thought was ‘Supermoon…was that an earthquake?’! The time was about 0345. Have a laugh on me!

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      Annie

      This was supposed to be a comment to follow El Gordo’s at 3.1.1.

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      Peter C

      Door frame likely better than anything else in the room. I think Japanese students are taught that in school, earthquakes being a problem there.

      Good work seeing the eclipse. I fell asleep and missed the totality (red moon), but I woke up at 1:45 and saw the partial eclipse, which is the subject of my comment above #4.

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      sophocles

      The last eclipse of the moon I saw was years ago (late 1990s, I think). It was a beautiful sky for it.The moon looked like a mottled very ripe apricot hanging in the sky. I was impressed by just how obviously, even to the naked eye, it was a sphere.

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    Peter C

    For about an hour the moon hung in the sky

    I wonder what it does the rest of the time? ;-)

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    Back to the FBI head Christopher Wray allowing Demoncratic challenges to the Nunes memo to the Nunes MEMO.!! He must do that or be accused of “obstruction of Justice”! Justice will come from the “Court of public (folk) opinion”, rather than some corrupt political BS.

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    Jack Snap

    Speaking of lunar and climate – for Jo’s consideration …. http://www.mdpi.com/2225-1154/5/4/83/pdf

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      Kinky Keith

      Jack

      That’s a monster of a paper.

      I scanned through it very quickly.

      It’s interesting that it links tides due to orbital alignments and associated artifacts.

      Sadly it couldn’t stay away from the non_science which links temperature to CO2 levels and fails right there.

      Many of the topics covered seem interesting but it is more like a work of art than a scientific paper because it paints an overall picture of the stresses put on the planet through variations in the moon’s orbit.

      Very interesting but too much in one hit.

      KK

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    Ian Hill

    Adelaide got a fair showing of the eclipse when early evening thick cloud dispersed. I wouldn’t call it blood-red as per media release. I agree with Annie’s description at #5.

    I prefer winter total lunar eclipses when the moon is much higher in the sky.

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    Please folk! stop with the small stuff! Between the members of the US CFR (council on foreign relations), The Soros crime Cartel, the Goldman crime Cartel, the Bush crime Cartel, and the Clinton crime Cartel, all is easily recognized. Why oh why stick your head in the sand, while leaving your young ass up waving in the breeze, knowing what must be next?

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    Ruairi

    A month with two full moons, not new,
    Made the supermoon last night a blue,
    But last night it was red,
    And eclipsed while it bled,
    O’er its surface a Martian blood hue.

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    O/T
    Support Professor Peter Ridd’s case in the Federal Circuit Court to ensure his right to argue for scientific integrity:
    https://www.gofundme.com/peter-ridd-legal-action-fund
    IPA’s media release:
    https://ipa.org.au/ipa-today/professor-peter-ridd-standing-scientific-integrity-james-cook-university
    2-minute video on the case here:
    https://www.facebook.com/Inst.ofPublicAffairs/videos/10157103388173858/

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    pat

    nothing but clouds in SE Qld. pity. meanwhile,

    Lewandowsky’s pal and Guardian writer, Adam Corner:

    30 Jan: Guardian: Communicating the science is a much-needed step for UN climate panel
    The IPCC is taking guidance on how to communicate its crucial findings beyond speciality scientific and policy circles
    by Adam Corner
    Since 1988, it has overseen thousands of scientists pulling together tens of thousands of academic papers on atmospheric physics, meteorology, geography, marine science, economics, land-use and much more. A multi-layered process of expert assessment takes place every six or seven years where a set of carefully worded statements is approved by representatives of 120 of the world’s governments, specifying what we know about the defining challenge of the 21st century: climate change.

    It is an incredible, perhaps unprecedented undertaking – but until recently (LINK), it has been woefully underserved on the crucial issue of communicating its findings beyond specialist scientific and policy circles. And partly as a result of this, the organisation has historically been saddled with a reputation for being dry, bureaucratic and secretive.

    But things are changing – which is good news for the climate. The IPCC has now recognised (LINK) that it should take the same approach to communications as it does to science: go with the evidence base.

    In a handbook commissioned by the IPCC (Working Group 1, Technical Support Unit) and released on Tuesday (LINK), my colleagues and I at Climate Outreach provide social science-based guidance for IPCC scientists to use in their communication and public engagement…

    The IPCC’s next report will set out in greater clarity than ever before if – and how – we can avoid a rise of more than 1.5C in global temperatures above pre-industrial levels.

    Communicating effectively around this crucial publication is essential, and our handbook sets out six well-established principles to achieve this, including the importance of ensuring the powerful human stories buried deep in the IPCC assessments are not swamped by the “big numbers” that define the science-policy discourse…

    Another exciting development is that the social science of human behaviour is now increasingly making its way into the IPCC assessments themselves…
    There will no doubt be a small group of hardliners who object to the very idea of scientists being more effective communicators, or including social science research in the assessment reports. But their argument that scientists should refrain from speaking about the societal implications of their vital research is an outmoded and increasingly discredited position…
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/30/communicating-the-science-is-a-much-needed-step-for-un-climate-panel

    not so long ago:

    2015: ClimateOutreach: Uncertainty Handbook: How to communicate effectively about climate change uncertainty
    by Adam Corner
    Have you ever struggled with the communication of climate change uncertainties? Are you frustrated by climate sceptics using uncertainty – inherent in any area of complex science – as a justification for delaying policy responses? Then the new ‘Uncertainty Handbook’ – a collaboration between the University of Bristol and the Climate Outreach & Information Network (COIN) – is for you. The handbook was authored by Dr. Adam Corner (COIN), Professor Stephan Lewandowsky (University of Bristol), Dr Mary Phillips (University of Bristol) and Olga Roberts (COIN). All are experts in their fields and have expertise relating to the role of uncertainty in climate change or how best to communicate it…
    https://climateoutreach.org/communicating-uncertainty/

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    pat

    Youtube: 7mins44secs: NEWT GINGRICH FULL ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEW WITH SEAN HANNITY (1/31/2018)
    4mins49secs: “The elite media is part of the deep state. The elite media group has survived by being in collusion with the senior bureaucracy, the city of Washington, the senior reporters, the senior bureaucrats, the senior lobbyists, they all hang out together, they all talk to each other, they all compare notes.”

    6mins28secs: “The elite media in the United States is not neutral. They’re not referees. They’re the offensive wing of the other team. You saw this in some of the clips you had, some of which are frankly outrageously anti-Trump in a way that is almost bizarre. These are folks who are so deeply hostile to what Donald Trump is trying to accomplish that they are fully as much a part of the opposition as is Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer and that’s part of why you’re getting this unbelievably biased coverage.”…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4CGGPo3ikg

    ABC proves Gingrich’s point – too silly & uninformative to excerpt…or read:

    1 Feb: ABC: with wires: Donald Trump likely to release memo questioning FBI’s handling of Russia probe

    more proof Gingrich is right – piece devoted almost entirely to Democrats:

    1 Feb: ABC: Donald Trump’s State of the Union call for unity falls on deaf ears
    By Washington correspondent Zoe Daniel
    But the President faces deep trust issues with the electorate, after a year in which he’s repeatedly attacked his allies and members of his own party, and undermined his own intelligence agencies who are investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign…

    Last year, for example, after a joint address to Congress, many dubbed the speech capital “P” presidential. Less than a week later, he accused his predecessor, Barack Obama, of wiretapping him — setting off a chain of events that lasted months…

    When he called for an end to so-called “chain migration” through tighter family reunification policies, he was jeered…

    In response Democratic Congressman Joe Kennedy (who happens to be a great-nephew of JFK) said:
    “Many have spent the past year anxious, angry, afraid. We all feel the fault lines of a fractured country. We hear the voices of Americans who feel forgotten and forsaken.”
    In less than two weeks, the very Congress that Donald Trump just addressed will once again attempt to avoid another government shutdown over the issue of protection for Dreamers.
    Based on the reaction to his plans, that appears fraught.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-01/state-of-the-union-unity-call-falls-on-deaf-ears/9380484

    unbelievable, but Zoe will keep her taxpayer-funded job!

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    ScotsmanInUtah

    Blue moon … it is a song

    The next total lunar eclipse that will be visible in the UK is on July 27, 2018

    25% of people in the UK do not believe in the Apollo landing … but they do believe in CAGW

    go figure !

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