So make a thermos of hot tea and bring a blanket. Then just kick back and enjoy.
Total lunar eclipses happen frequently, and unlike solar eclipses, you can see them from anywhere on our planet so long as the Moon is in the sky at the time. We'll have another one, for example, on May 26, , then again on May 15, and yet another on November 8, What makes this particular lunar eclipse special is the fact that it coincides with a "Super Moon.
But the Super Moon effect is real — and the idea behind it is simple. The Moon orbits Earth in an ellipse rather than in a circle. Sometimes it's closer to us — and thus looks bigger — and sometimes it's further away, and so it appears smaller. For two reasons, people generally don't notice the difference: first, Full Moons only happen once a month, so it's a long time to wait between comparisons. Secondly, and more importantly, most Full Moons don't coincide with apogee or perigee, so their size is somewhere in between maximum diameter and minimum.
For those of you who are reading, have a look at this diagram on the right. It graphically represents the size—contrast between a perigee and an apogee Full Moon. You'll see that it's pretty dramatic, actually. Here's the point of this astronomy lesson: on January 20, we get the double—whammy: a nice, big perigee Full Moon that just happens to go into total lunar eclipse.
That combo—platter is obviously rare. I bet even aliens will be setting up their lawn chairs. Switch your perspective for a moment: what if you were looking at this event from the surface of the Moon rather than from here on Earth?
Well, lunar eclipses occur when Earth lies directly between the Sun and the Moon — so Earth's shadow is cast on the lunar surface. But if you were watching from the Moon, something more like a solar eclipse would occur, as Earth blocked out the face of the Sun. It would actually be a magnificent thing to behold. You would see Earth as black disk with a brilliant flickering ring of orange, red, and crimson light surrounding it. If you think about what you would be contemplating, it'll give you goose—bumps. That flickering ring of orange, red, and crimson light is actually all of the sunsets and sunrises happening on the Earth at that particular moment, combined.
Our next step is closer to Earth, and it builds on what we just learned. What you are seeing projected onto the surface of the Moon during a lunar eclipse is actually the light of all those sunsets and sunrises. That's why a lunar eclipse is generally more "coppery" than black. Of course we all know that sunsets and sunrises come in a variety of shades, ranging from Ho—Hum to Oh My God. This is why the color of each total lunar eclipse is so unpredictable.
Can you predict whether tonight's sunset will be a memorable one? Probably not. Really, what you will be looking at on January 20 is Earth's weather, and even the weatherman gets that wrong a lot. Less romantically, a lunar eclipse also reflects the level of pollution in our atmosphere.
The volcano, Mount Pinatubo, blew its top in June A year and a half later, a lot of that dust was still in the air — and the next lunar eclipse was nearly black. What will the eclipsed Moon look like on January 20? No one knows. Here we get a bit more technical. Read on anyway! For reasons that lie on the other side of a short science class, we just might possibly also be close to a real technical breakthrough in evolutionary astrology — one pioneered by an Australian fellow named Murray Beauchamp.
There is a Sun—Moon opposition every month — that's just a simple Full Moon. Why then is there no lunar eclipse every month? Simple: Earth's shadow typically misses the Moon entirely.
The Moon lies a bit above it or a bit below it. There may be a nearly—invisible penumbral eclipse, as the Moon passes through the faint edges of Earth's shadow.
Another possibility is that the darker umbra of Earth's shadow might graze the Moon, creating a partial eclipse. Or it might be the Real Deal — a Total eclipse — like what's in store for us this month. For a lunar eclipse to occur, the Moon must lie fairly close to the north node or south node. That assures that the Moon and the Sun are lined up not only in terms of their sign positions, but also in terms of their declinations.
That's the critical ingredient. The same is true for solar eclipses. Each eclipse, whether solar or lunar, has unique properties.
Penumbral Eclipse - Astrology Encyclopedia. Definition of Penumbral Eclipse. Said of eclipses of the Moon, when the Moon approaches closely enough to the. What is the Difference between a Solar and Lunar Eclipse. In a Scientific and Astrological Sense? A solar eclipse occurs when the moon stands between the.
How long does it last? Is it total or partial? How big does the face of the Sun or the Moon look? Is Moon lined up with the north node or the south node?
Well over two millennia ago, Chaldean astrologer—astronomers discovered that these identical eclipse—producing conditions repeat like clockwork. This enabled them to predict eclipses with great accuracy.
They called this cycle the Saros. Its length is 18 years, 11 days, 8 hours. After that precise interval, Sun, Earth, and Moon return to approximately the same relative geometry. They are lined up the same way, and a nearly identical eclipse happens. That last phrase — a nearly identical eclipse — is critical here. Earlier we saw that after this January's lunar eclipse, we will have another one in May That's only two years and four months later — way short of a Saros cycle.
But it will be a different kind of event in terms of length, the visual size of the Moon, and so on. So all of the eclipses linked to a specific Saros cycle are like a family—line, with strands of astronomical DNA held in common.
Together, they are called a Saros Series. There are separate solar and lunar Saros series, by the way. All of them are assigned numbers. Currently, for example, there are 41 active lunar Saros series happening. But each Saros series evolves, and eventually dies. Their life spans vary a lot, but you can think in terms of a Saros series lasting a very long time — say, a thousand years.
Obviously this is complicated territory. Space and format mercifully prevent me from getting "book length—technical" in this newsletter. If you want to learn more, there is a fine article about the Saros cycle in Wikipedia — just Google "Saros astronomy " and it will take you directly to Virgo paradise.
You may be wondering what any of this has to do with astrology. Lunar eclipses occur at full moons.
This eclipse is the first cosmic push for you to take charge of your private life. Wise investments made at this time can bring good returns in the next couple of weeks, but ill-conceived spending could drain you in the same time period. Name and email address are required. More importantly, have you taken charge of your personal sense of security? At work, you may feel a little overbooked as tasks multiply and time is short to complete them. In the coming weeks and even months, you are likely to find new opportunities for learning and communicating or avenues for self-expression. I would never teach anything that failed to illuminate my own life.
During a Lunar eclipse, the Earth is exactly between the Sun and the moon known as an opposition between the Sun and the moon. Depending on where in the world you are, an eclipse may be visible. What we discover about ourselves and others during lunar eclipses can be tough to admit, even shocking. Still, this gives us the opportunity to embrace our wholeness, and see where we have room to grow in new directions. Owning the fact that we have emotions like fear, anger, jealousy and rage is the first step to getting a handle on them.
Eclipses throughout history have gotten a bad rap. They were both revered and feared. Because eclipses have correlated with climate catastrophes, such as hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes, many cultures believed that eclipses angered the gods. However, Western science has only confirmed a single fact: We need to protect our eyes if we watch a solar eclipse! Rituals for new and full moons are becoming more popular by the day. At an eclipse, a ritual can help you stay grounded in the face of any chaos, especially if you set dedicated intentions.
Solar eclipses fall at new moons, so a ritual or intention-setting could focus on helping you start anew. Lunar eclipses fall at full moons, which are times of ending, closure, manifestation and transition. Lunar eclipse rituals may center around having a huge breakthrough, pushing past barriers and limits, letting go of a painful situation for good, breaking free of an addictive pattern, healing or releasing. You may want to do a zodiac-specific ritual depending on which sign the eclipse falls in astrologically. Follow our tips for new and full moon rituals and gatherings.
You can do a ritual by yourself or gather with friends to amplify your intentions.