Another Eclipse in October

April 16th, 2014 at 4:08 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

lunar eclipse nbc   For those of you who missed it (which is most of you – it was cloudy over much of Lower Michigan, and it was from 3-4 am) here’s the lunar eclipse (from NBC).  Here’s a pic. from www.spaceweather.com.  The moon passes through the Earth’s shadow, turning a faint reddish color.  The moon doesn’t totally disappear as some light (the red light has the longest wavelength) does manage to reach the moon during the eclipse).  We have another lunar eclipse coming on Oct. 8.   We also have two nice eclipses coming next near on 4/4 and 9/28.    In the meantime, where is still the very nearly full “Pink Moon” of April to see.  Here’s this week’s Sky at a Glance.   Saturn will be close to the moon tonight (Weds. night).  They will rise and set together.  Mars is relatively bright right now and as near to the Earth as it gets over a six-year period.   Look for Mars in the SE sky during the evening.  It’s due south shortly after midnight.  Venus shines brightly in the early morning.  Jupiter is high in the SW sky during the early evening and sets to the west around 2 am.  Here’s when you can see the Intl. Space Station.

7 Responses to “Another Eclipse in October”

  1. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    Thanks for the info Bill! I did get the chance to see the blood moon via video.It was neat to watch! I’ll have to watch the future eclipses! NOW, can we warm up and stay warmer? Would the mid 60s be too much to ask for?

  2. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    I don’t think we got as cold as predicted. 22 degrees at 4:20 am does that tie or shatter a record? Tigers snowed out in Cleveland last night. Winter will finally end for this season right?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      We predicted 21 – the low was 22…we had 36 out for yesterday and the high was 35 in G.R.

  3. Pog says:

    Morning,
    Just a thought….my dog’s went nuts about 3:15am during the eclipse; anyone else experience that or am I crazy?

  4. Kevin says:

    It wasn’t completely cloudy in Michigan. I got some photos of totality, as it cleared out between 3.15 and 4.15am.

    The next one it October of this year ends as the Sun comes up. The moon will be setting mid-eclipse.

    “Blood Moon”? Thbbt.

  5. Barry in Zeeland says:

    We did get to see it. I got up with the kids around 3:30 and there were a lot of holes in the clouds, so we got a good view of it. Not the first one I’ve seen, but it was for the kids. They thought it was pretty weird, like a different planet. Next event up is hopefully the May meteor storm. Haven’t seen a meteor storm since sometime in the ’70′s.

  6. Heidi Kortman says:

    Another way to see astronomical events is on http://www.slooh.com.

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