Blue Supermoon Lunar Eclipse
When: January 31, 2018
Time: 6:00 am - 8:00 am
Where: The Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan
Cost: No reservations required. Admission is by donation.
The second full Moon of January will also be blood-red. During this total lunar eclipse, come to the Besser Museum and track the Earth’s shadow across the Moon and view other objects in the early morning sky through telescopes. A second view of the lunar eclipse will be shown in the Digital Dome Planetarium Theater, featuring a live webcast from Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw, MI. Light refreshments will be served to help you get ready for your day.
Despite the name, the Moon will not be turning blue, instead it will turn a beautiful shade of red as the Earth blocks the light of the Sun. This is a rare event: the last Blue Moon total eclipse was in 1866 and the next one will be in 2028. And to make things even greater, the Moon will be almost at its closest point to the Earth, making it a supermoon!
These three elements--blue Moon, supermoon, and a total eclipse--won't come together again until 2037!
No reservations are required and admission is by donation. Feel free to come with bed hair and in your pajamas (assuming you don’t mind being seen in public that way!) Check the weather and dress appropriately for being outside in the cold. This event will happen rain or shine.