That Old Blue Moon

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Total Eclipse of the Moon of 2018 Jan. 31
Delta T: 69.7s

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Location: W 95°38’00.0″, N39°04’00.0″, 200m
(Longitude referred to Greenwich meridian)

Moon’s Position
UT1 Altitude Azimuth Angle
d h m ° ° °
Moon enters penumbra 31 10:49.8 29.1 268.5 89.3
Moon enters umbra 31 11:48.1 18.1 277.0 83.2
Moon enters totality 31 12:51.4 6.4 286.0 241.1
Maximum Eclipse 31 13:29.8 -0.4 291.6 10.4
Moonset 31 13:32 —- 292.0 —–

Penumbral Duration: 2h 42.6m
Umbral Duration: 1h 44.2m
Duration of Totality: 0h 41.0m
Magnitude: 1.321

Hi Readers…… Thanks for coming by for a read.

A while back I came across a vintage Meade 114mm EQ telescope still in the box, evidently never having been out of it.   Just the sort of thing I dreamed about down on Gale’s meadow down in Texas.    But now it’s here in my apartment complete with a multitude of eye-pieces, a motor drive, moon filters, and a complete lunar eclipse coming at me January 31.

I’ll confess to your I find it mildly annoying that a blue moon doesn’t have a dadgummed thing to do with the visual aspects …… it just means it’s the second full moon in a calendar month, which doesn’t happen all that often.   And while I’m being mildly annoyed moon-wise, I might as well wring it out further and say, what’s the deal with calling four total eclipses in a row a Blood Moon?   How unspectacular is that, anyway?   Blood moon Blue Moon and all we get is just another plain old ordinary full lunar eclipse.

Yawn.

But you have to admit there have been a number of really good songs about blue moons….. Sinatra, Billie Holliday, the Marcels, Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis, Dean Martin, Jo Stafford, Greta Keller, Ritchie Valens, and even Sam Cooke sang about it.    So whatever it lacks in spectacular out-of-the-ordinary-eclipse visuals, you have to admit there’s plenty of fine background music.

I don’t know about you, but if I can stay awake and if it isn’t too frigid I’m going to be looking at that blue moon this time around.    And maybe have myself a little concert of dead singers harmonizing about it so’s I won’t forget how special it is.

Thanks for the visit.

Old Jules

 

 

 

 

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9 responses to “That Old Blue Moon

  1. Oh tell me why, oh tell me why, …you’ve been gone so long.

  2. It’s good to see you back! I hope you get the telescope figured out by the end of the month.

  3. I’ll bet it’s been a long hard road you’ve traveled. Welcome back.

    • Thanks. I appreciate you. Jules

    • Probably the toughest part of it was saying goodbye to my old running buddy, Hydrox. You might remember he was one of my closest companions throughout my blogging history, he and his littermate, Niaid. May, 2016 he went on permanent rat patrol following a lingering illness. I miss him terribly. Old Jules

  4. That’s quite a scope you have. Enjoy that blue moon on Jan. 31, it just happens to be my birthday. Not sure if that means anything though.

    • A birthday on a blue moon, blood moon full eclipse might be enough in itself to make it mean something. In any case it means I’m sending you happy birthday wishes now since I’ll still be blocked from FB on your birthday. Gracias, Jules

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