This last total lunar eclipse of the decade is worth sharing with friends.
That’s why we’d like you to join us at Menokin for a viewing party. You bring everything you’ll need: chairs, blankets, toddies, snackies, cameras, etc.
We’ll provide the moon. And bathrooms.
I am serious when I tell you that it is REALLY dark at Menokin at night. And we have a huge open space for folks to congregate and enjoy the spectacle. No pressure. But you may be sorry if you don’t take us up on it.
Lunar eclipses are amazing to watch unfold, and are much more leisurely events versus the swift passage of a total solar eclipse. And while you certainly can watch a lunar eclipse with binoculars or a telescope, the best way to watch a total lunar eclipse is with the naked eye.
“Supermoon” isn’t really an astronomical term—it was actually coined by an astrologer, and only gained traction in modern times with a vague qualification—we prefer the term proxigean or perigee Moon, though Supermoon is probably with us… for now.
Blood Moon is not a scientific term, though in recent times it is being widely used to refer to a total lunar eclipse because a fully eclipsed moon often takes on a reddish color.
This first Full Moon of the year is also known as the Wolf Moon, as reckoned by the Algonquin Indians, a time for the wolves to howl at the Moon on long winter nights.