Red ‘Blue Moon’ Eclipse Wows Early Risers

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Anthem resident Stefanie Goldstein, age 13, photographed the red, eclipsed moon today (Jan. 31, 2018) from Stetson Hills at the base of Deem Hills Recreation Area using a a Canon EOS Rebel T5i/EOS 700D.

The total lunar eclipse hyped with multiple superlatives didn’t disappoint this morning, as the shadowed “blue moon” moon turned deep red while hanging in the western sky before dawn.

During a total lunar eclipse, the moon sometimes—not always—turns red because sunlight from all earth’s sunrises and sunsets is refracted through our somewhat dusty atmosphere, the red light hitting the moon and bouncing back. This time it did.

The event was also termed a supermoon, because the moon was closer than average to our planet on its non-circular orbit, and therefore larger than most full moons. Lastly, because it was the second full moon of the month, it was called a blue moon—though it was never actually blue in color, of course.

Anthem resident Bill Scully was traveling in business in Southern California and got up at 4:30 local time to watch. “Was pretty cool,” he said. “Looked like a scene from Star Wars.”

The next total lunar eclipse visible from Arizona will be Jan. 20-21, 2019.

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A close-up of Stefanie Goldstein’s photo shows more detail.

Here’s another astrophoto from Stefanie, taken last month (See Also: The Amazing Photographs of Stefanie Goldstein):

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NoPho resident Stefanie Goldstein, 13, photographed the Dec. 3 supermoon in the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve using a Canon EOS Rebel T5i/EOS 700D with a Canon EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II lens.

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*NoPho is the I-17 corridor from Norterra to New River, including Anthem, Desert Hills, Tramonto, Sonoran Foothills and several other neighborhoods.


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NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels. Email the author.

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