Brightest 'Blood Moon' in decades won't return until 2033

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Collin Nelson, Alexandria

This weekend the skies will clear for an eclipse that will most likely outshine any other celestial spectacle of our lifetime. The fact that we are having a lunar eclipse and the infamous "Blood Moon" event is not that uncommon. We have already experienced several lunar eclipses over the past year. 

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So, if you are saying to yourself that you have been there and done that, you might want to rethink your actions this Sunday night. The lunar eclipse this Sunday night is special in more ways than one.


The elliptical orbit of the moon around the Earth can lead to our full moon being APOGEE, the moon's farthest point from Earth, or PERIGEE, the moon's closest point to earth. This Sunday night the full moon will be in Perigee, and therefore the "Blood Moon" of the lunar Eclipse will be 14% bigger and 30% brighter.


If you are keeping count, Sunday nights lunar eclipse will be the 4TH lunar eclipse since April of 2014. Some are linking this rare occurrence to the Apocalypse. I have no opinion on that so we will just have to wait until Monday morning to wee how we fare.


This will also be the first full  moon of fall. In times past, and most likely present times, the bright light of the moon aids in the late night gathering of crops around the world.