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2018 Lunar Eclipse

Posted 1/26/2018 12:01 AM by Aurora Lee | Comments
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The Jan. 31 full moon is special for three reasons: it’s the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit -- known as perigee -- and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It’s also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon.” The super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. While the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a “blood moon.” 

For Denver and the Rocky Mountain region, the show begins as the umbra touches the edge of the Moon at 4:48 a.m. MST. The peak of the blood moon eclipse is at about 6:30 a.m. local time, and the Moon will set shortly after 7 a.m.

For more information on the January 31st Total Lunar Eclipse visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/super-blue-blood-moon-coming-jan-31

For general information about Lunar Eclipses check out:

http://www.mreclipse.com/Special/LEprimer.html

 

Event

UTC Time

Denver-MST

Denver-Visibility

Penumbral Eclipse begins

Jan 31 at 10:51:13

Jan 31 at 3:51:13 am

Yes

Partial Eclipse begins

Jan 31 at 11:48:27

Jan 31 at 4:48:27 am

Yes

Full Eclipse begins

Jan 31 at 12:51:47

Jan 31 at 5:51:47 am

Yes

Maximum Eclipse

Jan 31 at 13:29:51

Jan 31 at 6:29:51 am

Yes

Full Eclipse ends

Jan 31 at 14:07:51

Jan 31 at 7:07:51 am

Yes

Partial Eclipse ends

Jan 31 at 15:11:11

Jan 31 at 8:11:11 am

No, below the horizon

Penumbral Eclipse ends

Jan 31 at 16:08:29

Jan 31 at 9:08:29 am

No, below the horizon

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