Momentous event in heavens

By BRENT MAZE,

I’ve been looking forward to today ever since I started laying out the calendar for 2018 Newton Birthday Calendar.

When I started looking ahead to this year, I noticed several unusual things. First of all, Easter fell on April Fools Day. I can just imagine Jesus playing a joke on Satan. He thought he was still in the grave, but on that Sunday morning, April Fools!

I also noticed something really intriguing. In the first quarter of 2018, we have two blue moons. Of course, the moon isn’t actually blue, but it refers to the fact that we have a second full moon in the same month. In the first quarter of the year, all of the four moons occur in either January or March. There is no full moon for February.

However, the blue moon today is very intriguing.

Today’s blue moon also coincides with a lunar eclipse, that occurred as the moon set this morning. I hope you got up early to take a look at the moon. Thus, that makes it a blue blood moon.

One more aspect as well, this is also what’s known as a supermoon. This can occur at either the full moon or new moon phase that approximately coincides with the closest distance the moon reaches with the earth in its orbit.

So this is actually a super blue blood moon. So, the moon is expected to be 14 percent brighter than normal, but our best viewing occurred between 6:15 and 6:30 a.m. this morning. I hope you took a look as you woke up this morning because if you’re heading out about 7 a.m., you missed the show in our sky.

However, the convergence of these events is very rare. The last time we had these three events occur at one time happened in 1866. That was when Andrew Johnson was our president.

So, I will definitely be watching as much of the show as I possibly can. I know these things seem minor to a lot of folks, but I am fascinated by it. I was fascinated by the solar eclipse last year and every opportunity I get to see a blood moon.

I hope you enjoyed the show as much as I will.

Contact Brent at bmaze@-newtoncountyappeal.com.

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