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January 2018's Night Sky Show: a Full Moon, Blue Moon, Two Supermoons and a Lunar Eclipse!

Aimee Herd : Dec 28, 2017 : EarthSky.org

"Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all stars of light!" (Psalm 148:3)

If you happened to miss the big, beautiful supermoon that brightened the night sky earlier in December, you will have another couple opportunities starting right off the bat in 2018. (Photo: Dec. 2017 Supermoon above Christmas lights/credit: Aimee Herd)

January holds two supermoons, one during its first night, according to EarthSky.org. The other falls at the end of the month, on the very last day.

The supermoon of January 31st is the 3rd in a row, and also happens to be a 'blue moon,' since it's the second full moon in one month.

But that's not all!

On January 31st, that super-blue moon will also pass through the Earth's shadow, causing a total lunar eclipse.

According to EarthSky.org, "if you live in North America or the Hawaiian Islands, remember that this lunar eclipse will be visible in your sky during the morning hours before sunrise on January 31. On the other hand, if you live in the Middle East, Asia, Indonesia, Australia or New Zealand, this lunar eclipse will happen in the evening hours after sunset on January 31." (Photo: Total lunar eclipse taken in 2004 by Fred Espenak/via EarthSky.org)

Click here to see lunar eclipse times for your area.

That's a lot of activity in the night sky for one month, could it be God is trying to get our attention?

Not to read too much into it spiritually, what does come to mind is the fact that during one of the darkest and most challenging months weather-wise in the calendar year, God has designed some pretty awesome light shows.

Perhaps a good reminder that "the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." (John 1:5)







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