Eclipse once in a blue moon event |

Eclipse once in a blue moon event

Staff Report
The blood moon over Genoa early on the morning of October of 2014.

There hasn’t been another one in your lifetime, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to see a blue moon total solar eclipse on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Western Nevada College will assist in the enjoyment of the first total lunar eclipse in nearly 152 years with a free viewing parting from 3:15 to 7 a.m. at Jack C. Davis Observatory.

The lunar eclipse will be even more unique by the fact that the day will double as a blue moon, marking the second full moon of the month. The last time such a lunar event occurred was March 31, 1866. Additional total eclipses of a blue moon will happen in 2028 and 2037.

“The eclipse will begin with shadow onset at 3:48 a.m. and reach totality at about 4:51 a.m.,” said Thomas Herring, JCDO director and WNC physics professor. “The moon will reach the center of Earth’s shadow at 5:29 a.m. and the total eclipse will end at 6:07 am. The moon will set behind the Sierras before the shadow completely moves off the moon’s disk.”

Support Local Journalism

Herring said that there will be telescope viewing available to the public, as well as video from JCDO’s 14-inch telescope on the big screen inside, weather permitting. There will also be a large pot of coffee on hand for the early morning event.

Jim Bean, Carson High School physics/astronomy teacher and observatory volunteer, and several of his students will be on hand recording video of the event.

The next lunar eclipse visible in Western Nevada will be Jan. 20, 2019, according to Herring.

The observatory is located at 2699 Van Patten Drive in Carson City.


Support Local Journalism

Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User