Get ready my fellow star gazers! This month, on the night of September 27-28th there will be a total eclipse of the moon- concluding the *Lunar Tetrad (*a series of four lunar eclipses spaced 6 months apart). Representing the fourth and final eclipse of the lunar tetrad- this months Harvest Moon will also be a Blood Moon- making it a Super Harvest Blood Moon. Looking back at how this Tetrad began, the first Blood Moon eclipse happened on the night of April 14-15, 2014. The second one took place on the night of October 7-8, 2014, and the third one (the shortest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century) came to pass on April 4, 2015. The fourth and final total lunar eclipse of this Lunar Tetrad will fall on the night of September 27-28. For my friends across North America- get ready for an awe-inspiring show!
During these cool summer nights, in the dark corners of a crisp midnight sky- you’ll find a billion of reasons why August is a perfect month to be stargazing. The month of August is a host to a multitude of celestial events. We just had the glorious Blue Moon a few days ago, and now have a chance to observe the finest light show of the year- the Perseid Meteor shower. Visible Worldwide, the 2015 Perseid Meteor shower can be viewed on the mornings of August 11-14th. Under the dark, cool summer nights- one might be able to see 50 or more meteors per hour (depending on light pollution).The Perseid Meteor shower is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. As it orbits the Sun, this big “dirty snowball” sheds tiny grains of rock and dust. Over time, the particles spread out along the comet’s orbital path. Earth flies through this path every August, sweeping up some of the dust grains. They plunge into our atmosphere at more than 100,000 miles per hour, vaporizing as the streaks of light known as meteors.
For centuries, many cultures and religions have looked upon the moon as circuit to another worldly dimension. In her awe-inspiring phases, an eternal cycle of waxing and waning, she has ignited man’s imagination – and continues to do so. In its full state (full moon), the moon is still and powerful- an empyreal arena of reflected sunlight. Ages ago, cultures and civilizations kept track of the seasons by naming each of these recurring full moons. As we compare cultures and regions of the world, the name sets differ according to the differences in weather, seasonal changes and regions.