Weather Talk: Super, blue moon eclipse is really nothing super
If you are reading the paper before sunrise today, there is a lunar eclipse going on.
The partial eclipse begins about 5:48 a.m. and goes total about 6:51 a.m. The eclipsed moon then sets in full totality as the sun rises.
There has been a great deal of attention paid to this eclipse by amateurs all around, owing to this full moon being both a supermoon and a blue moon. But these two aspects are unimportant.
A supermoon occurs when the full moon happens at a point in the moon's orbit in which the bright orb is slightly closer and bigger than other full moons. But this difference is irrelevant because our eyes are unable to see the difference without the power of suggestion.
A blue moon is also not a big deal as it is simply the second full moon within a calendar month.
If you missed the eclipse this morning, do not despair. There will be another lunar eclipse next January.