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Forget Star Wars… The REAL Science Trilogy Began On December 3

Monday, December 11, 2017

 

 

Astro/Science Photos buffs were out in force as the first (and only) supermoon of 2017 rose over the Bay Area skies.


Nicknamed the “Cold Moon,” the rising full moon on December 3 was the only full moon to come within 362,000kms of the planet Earth. Making it the only supermoon of 2017.

The December 3 supermoon was the first of three supermoons that will grace the Bay Area skies between December 3 and January 31.

The January 2 Supermoon will rise at 5:57pm.

The January 31 full moon will be particularly spectacular because it will incorporate a total lunar eclipse as well as be a supermoon and “blue moon.”

The January 31 supermoon will rise at 5:47pm.

The lunar eclipse will begin at 2:51am (yes, am) on January 31.

The lunar eclipse will reach totality at 4:51am.

The lunar eclipse will end at 7:11am.

The entire eclipse will last for 4 hours and 28 minutes.