Isn’t the moon lovely?
If you’re reading this post from the Western Hemisphere right as it goes live at 6 a.m. (PST), drop what you’re doing if it’s safe to do so, and go look at the sky! Hopefully, you’ll catch the tail end of an incredible lunar event that only happens about once every one-hundred-fifty years: a Super Blue Blood moon. That’s THREE lunar events for the price of one. (Yeah, it’s still free. For now…)
But for anyone who’s not quite sure what all the fuss is about, here’s a quick primer:
What it is: When the moon is at the part of its orbit that brings it closest to Earth.
How it looks: From our vantage point, the moon will appear slightly larger than ordinary. You’ve probably observed this phenomenon before.
What it is: The second full moon in a single month.
How it looks: Like a normal full moon.
What it is: Unlike the ominous moniker, this is really a lunar eclipse.
How it looks: Earth’s shadow will gradually move over the surface of the moon. When Earth has completely eclipsed the moon, our celestial neighbor will take on a slightly reddish hue.
Got it? Sweet!
In honor of this once-in-a-lifetime event, I’ve dedicated this post to books with covers featuring every Earthling’s favorite natural satellite. And like today’s guest of honor, they balance pure simplicity and mesmerizing, sometimes even haunting, beauty.
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