Saturday, November 17, 2018

A Lunar Trilogy Over Marco’s South Beach


Photos by Frank Steiger

Photos by Frank Steiger

During the twilight hours of January 31, a full moon, total lunar eclipse, supermoon and a blue moon happened all together in one morning. “Supermooners” and participants of Marco Island Yoga braved the cold and windy morning and gathered at South Beach to pay homage to a rare lunar event.

Debby Amiccuci began the session with “Advice From the Moon,” an appropriate message for the devoted participants gathered at the beach. Live life to the fullest; be someone to look up to; Don’t be phased by difficulty; Take time to reflect; enjoy a little space; Honor the cycles of nature, and light up the night.

 

 

Debby Amiccuci of Marco Island Yoga, a partial lunar eclipse over the Gulf of Mexico as a backdrop. Photo by Maria Lamb

Debby Amiccuci of Marco Island Yoga, a partial lunar eclipse over the Gulf of Mexico as a backdrop. Photo by Maria Lamb

“It was a perfect way to start your morning,” remarked Lynn Roth of Simsbury, Connecticut. Ruth McCann of Marco Island came prepared with winter gloves and a down jacket, not wanting to miss the lunar show. According to NASA, the last time there was a total eclipse and blue moon duo occurred on March 31, 1866, and it will not be seen again until December 31, 2028.

Super Blue Blood Moon Facts

Total Lunar Eclipse happens when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon and covers the moon with its shadow. When this happens, the moon can turn red, as in a blood moon.

The Blood Moon is the real star of the lunar show. The moon takes on a reddish-orange glow during the total lunar eclipse. Over Marco Island, the eclipse was only partial, as the anticipated red glow was diffused by the light from the rising sun.

The Supermoon happens on the day of a lunar eclipse, and the moon appeared larger and brighter. Supermoons happen when the moon is at its closest point to the Earth in its orbit. The next supermoon will be in January 2019.

A Blue Moon occurs when two full moons happen in the same calendar month. Full moons happen once a month or every 29.5 days. The first full moon of January was on January 1, and the second, called the blue moon, on January 31.

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