LIVE VIDEO: Super Blood Moon Total Eclipse

The Associated Press reports:

The moon is putting on a rare cosmic show Wednesday. It’s the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse.

Hawaii and Alaska have the best seats, along with the Canadian Yukon, Australia and Asia. The western U.S. should have good viewing, too, along with Russia. The U.S. East Coast, Europe and most of South America and Africa are out of luck for the eclipse.

The second full moon in a calendar month is a blue moon. This one also happens to be an especially close and bright moon, or supermoon. Add a total eclipse, known as a blood moon for its red tint, and it’s a lunar showstopper. NASA is calling it a lunar trifecta: the first super blue blood moon since 1982. That combination won’t happen again until 2037.

  • Baltimatt

    Too bad we are missing this on the East Coast.

  • SkokieGuy

    How long till a Christer says its a sign that The Lawd is praising Trump’s State of the Union speech?

    • RainbowPhoenix

      They would be wrong, because eclipses are traditionally bad omens.

      • David Walker

        Divorce was traditionally a Jesus no-no. Adultery made the Top Ten. Bearing false witness was no minor infraction. We’re in the age of alt-xnty, If it’s in the holy writ, it’s open to being ignored.

        • Nic Peterson

          IOKIYAR was inscribed above Christ’s head on the crucifix, right?

      • Librarykid

        so is this administration and GOP-controlled congress

      • cleos_mom

        It’s a warning to those pussy hat wearing wimmins and their demonstrations earlier this month.

  • olandp

    I saw the moon last night on my way home from work, stunning.

  • mikemmiv

    Has some nutcase tied this to the “State of Dis-Union” address last night?

    • DaddyRay

      The moons blood was coming out from whatever

      • JCF

        Points!

  • Sam_Handwich

    i’m saving myself for the mint chocolate chip peepee moon

  • William

    I got up before sunrise to see this. It was foggy, there wasn’t anything visible.
    I am not a happy morning person.

    • CanuckDon

      And what was it like outside? /s

  • AW

    OT: does anyone else have trouble viewing JMG on mobile? It crashes all the time for me. Twice while writing

  • When I heard “Blood Moon”, I thought Bethesda had announced a remastered version of Morrowind. I’m disappointed.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/92690c78702c455ff160e75402ef32007abfcf0e3205d6570a643f27d1aa3ffc.png

  • kanehau

    Very pretty here on the Big Island.

  • WildwoodGuy

    Overcast and raining here in WA… can’t see a thing!

  • Charles in Bloomington

    I’m in Portland today but it’s cloudy and I can’t see the eclipse.

    • TuuxKabin

      At least it’s PDX Farmers Market Day, correct? I swooned there.

    • marachne

      Of course it is! Almost always – astronomical event in Portland = overcast. One exception for me was an amazing Persieds (sp?) meteor shower out at Rooster Rock.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    I saw it when it was 98 % eclipsed, went to get the cam and clouds moved in.

    Made me sad.

    • Sam_Handwich

      thanks, Obama!

    • TuuxKabin

      It’s alright Honay. Maybe the next solar eclipse, 2024 or so?

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Seems like a hundred years from now to me

        • TuuxKabin

          Me too. Consider ourselves lucky we got to see it in totality in Oregon. Faraway from the madding crowd. In a blackberry patch.

    • DreadPirateZed

      In LA, the eclipse started at 03:20 this morning. I stayed up watching until the edges started turning pink, but then I just had to go to bed. Totality was at 5-something, but I was fast asleep by then.
      I’m too old for this…

  • AJayne

    Viewing it in Vegas right now. All I can see is a pale shadow – like several layers of sheer fabric have come between it and me – and the only way to “see” it is to not look directly at it…

    Earlier, the lower left quadrant of it was dark orange, and I was able to get a couple of shots of it – not good ones, using my old digital camera, but recorded for posterity just the same. Sunrise in the next hour – it may not still be high enough in the sky to see what changes that makes…

    • AJayne

      Update: as the earliest rays brightened the sky, I could see the moon somewhat more clearly, but could also more clearly see the light cloud cover – which became progressively heavier until it obscured the moon completely. Was something to watch, tho, and I’m glad I’m an early riser by habit so I could see it at all…

  • Tomcat

    Too way too many, trump hung the moon.

  • ChrisMorley

    OT

    Stowaway Australian parrot travels 2,300km on New Zealand cruise liner

    – A galah, a variety of cockatoo originally from Brisbane in Queensland, was confined to a luxury cabin after it was discovered

    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/965acaa4391fddbce25bdce840cbf88752eb817e/0_81_1649_989/master/1649.jpg?w=620&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=1d8786bc5797df695707793f37844a39

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/31/stowaway-australian-galah-travels-2300km-on-new-zealand-cruise-liner

    • TuuxKabin

      As well it should be. At first I thought it was wearing a red scarf.

  • Stogiebear

    PIty the crazy “blood right to rule” prophet shot his wad yesterday. For a prophet he should’ve waited until today to make his proclamation so he could get maximum impact out of his schtick.

  • marachne

    ‘Twas lovely here in Reno – and the relatively warm winter makes it easier to hang out outside.

  • RainbowPhoenix

    Totally worth getting up at 5:30.

  • Dagoril

    CROATOAN! CROATOAN!!!

  • Steverino

    Nice, clear morning from our vantage point here in Santa Rosa. Hubby and I got up around 4:30am this morning to see the last vestiges of direct sunlight on the edge of the moon, and observed the red moon from time to time until the emergence from totality at 6:00am. Now, about half of the moon is in sunlight, looking rather ragged about a half hour before sunrise here in wine country.

    So, a red blue super moon, all that is needed is a Superman costume!

    • Leo Tallant

      I live in Sebastopol so I got to see my usual morning fog from the Laguna LOL.

      • Steverino

        Yes, we live in SE Santa Rosa on an upslope to Taylor Mountain so are off the valley floor and the fog which usually stays there, or dissipates more quickly where we are if it is thick. Nice and clear this morning, though we could see the fog off in the distance below toward Sebastopol.

        And to think a year ago, we almost bought a house in Fountaingrove, egads! Turns out the fire stopped about a block north of that house so we would have been okay, but no doubt would have had to evacuate for over a week.
        : )

  • Slippy_World
    • Robincho

      I hate when splooge gets in your eye…

  • Refugay

    Watching the lunar eclipse from my comfy chair in Oakland I was inspired to write this:

    Waking up
    Amidst the darkness
    When the light is most obscured
    Causes one to wonder,
    Should the light exist at all?
    Then slowly an illuminated speck
    Widens to a shimmering glimmer
    And an arc of brightness cracks the void
    Dammed, only temporarily, by shadow
    Light begins to rush back in
    Always, it’s been there, never to despair

  • cleos_mom

    Damn. I’ve been enjoying that storybook moon on my pre-dawn way to work and got up early this first day of my weekend to see the eclipse. Too cloudy to see much.

    Surprisingly, not much on religious talk radio about their GOP god having arranged it as some kind of astronomic scolding.

  • rednekokie

    It was pretty spectacular here — we had a reasonably clear sky through which to view it. Last one I’ll see — next one, I’ll be 100 (maybe).

  • The_Wretched

    Yes, but will it be tippy and fancy or pekoe?

  • David Kerlick

    Most of these terms are stupid astrology. Except for lunar eclipse, and in the umbra of the eclipse, a reddish color always occurs due to scattering of sunlight through the earth’s atmosphere. “blue” just refers to a human calendar and is not astronomical.

    • kareemachan

      Oh, just deal with it. Most of us who are not joyless find it interesting.

      Damn, how big a downer do you want to be?

  • Todd

    Seattle is a terrible place for any astronomy fun. Most events look like this: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ed0d257a410b0e6c50f8a2292b8528c5b6ad2e201a1cf54d5861df27d4d6362b.png

    • stevenj

      SF too. However, clear early this morning and a big lovely reddish brown moon graced the skies.

      • Tor

        Yes. The sky couldn’t have been more cooperative.

  • JWC

    My area is cloudy so not seen

  • Natty Enquirer

    Gorgeous here in the SF Bay area. Clear winter sky, deep orange moon hanging over the western horizon.

  • kareemachan

    We had rain. 🙁

  • Ninja0980

    We didn’t get to see one bit of it.
    FUCK!

  • JCF

    Worth waiting up for!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fda07d024801c9d3adadd975848ae61eb27c99d919c6b5f8a456973095ef7dd7.jpg

    Damn, I still need that new phone (and ergo, camera!). 2010 tech just doesn’t cut it…

  • Tor

    It was awesome. I got up every 60-90 minutes to watch the progress. The red moon was sort of chilling, and I could see why primitives put so much meaning into it. Needless to say, I’m a sleep-deprived wreck at work today.

  • Gianni

    Where were the religious nutjobs? I haven’t heard one word of warning about how this signals the earth’s impending doom or God’s punishment of America? Did I miss something?