Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tonight The Sky Gets A Lot More Metal

Break out your Ouija board and crank the Sabbath, because tonight the sky is getting super Metal.  Tonight as you look up to the night sky, you will notice the moon looks a little bit different.  You just might also want to throw up some Devil Horns, because tonight is a total lunar eclipse, also known as a Blood Moon.

BRUTAL.
This rare occurrence is not due to Satan rising up from Hell and taking the souls of all mortals into oblivion, but because of science.  Instead of reflecting sunlight, like it usually does, during an eclipse the moon reflects light filtered through Earth's umbra.  This makes it appear rusty and red. 

This eclipse is actually the second in a tetrad, spaced about six months apart. The first one appeared in April 2014. The next will occur in April 2015, followed by the conclusion of the tetrad in September 2015. This lunar eclipses actually takes place on the night of the Hunter's Moon, which is the name of the full moon that follows the Harvest Moon, closest to the northern autumnal equinox.

The eclipse is totally safe to view with your naked eye or a telescope and will begin tonight with the partial eclipse starting at 5:41 am EDT tomorrow morning.  This will lead up to 61 minutes of total eclipse ending at 6:24.  

Here is a guide to viewing the most metal of eclipses:

Suck it Europe.

So get out there and listen to some Metal while you watch the moon transform in the month that is all about scary things happening. Or, if you'd rather watch it like you do everything else, you can lay in bed with an electronic device and enjoy the view. If you are not able to head outside and view the total lunar eclipse that night, the Slooh Observatory will be doing a live webcast of the event. It will feature commentary from Slooh astronomer Bob Berman, along with Geoff Fox, Paul Cox, Duncan Copp, and other special guests.

Personally, I'll be cranking "Bark at The Moon" while enjoying my morning exercise.  KILLER.


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