Michigan sits in unique place for viewing the supermoon, blue moon, & lunar eclipse

Jan 30, 2018

Many social media posts were calling it a trifecta moon event scheduled for Wednesday morning. A supermoon, blue moon , and full lunar eclipse all at the same time. But is the hype all that it says it is?


Mary Stewart Adams is the director of the Headlands International Dark Sky Park. She said supermoons and blue moons are not all that special. But they say the pairing of a supermoon with the lunar eclipse will make the eclipse more vibrant.

“Supermoon is why the moon is going to be totally eclipsed and it’s not just a partial eclipse it’s just a hybrid eclipse. The moon is close in so it’s really going through the deepest part of the earth’s shadow, so it does have something to do with the nature of the eclipse”.

Adams said Michigan is positioned in a place to create a unique viewing experience because the moon will set as the sun is rising.

“Because there’s so much water in Michigan it’s really a beautiful experience to catch this kind of fiery golden red rising up in the east with the sun and eclipsing moon setting into kind of the blue silvery watery element in the west”.

Adams said the earth will start eclipsing the moon at 5:45 a.m. in the morning and will peak around 8:00 a.m. as the sun rises.