Eastern sky lunar eclipse 2019

Photo by Larry SimonPhoto by Larry Simon
Larry Simon
Special to the Record

The amazing thing about this latest lunar eclipse was that we in western Pennsylvania got to see the whole thing right after being hit by a winter storm. Storm warnings went out, wind chill warnings came in, and people willing to stand out in -15°F weather were treated to the first full moon of 2019 becoming the last total lunar eclipse until May 26, 2021.
Those who stood outside got a spectacular view as this full moon was also a supermoon, the first of three straight supermoons that will grace our sky this year. These supermoons are so called because the full moon will be almost at its closest to the earth, its perigee, for that monthly orbit.
According to EarthSky.org, the eclipse, just about straight overhead, began in our area at 10:34 p.m. Jan. 20, lasting three hours and 17 minutes and ending at 1:51 a.m. Jan. 21. The total eclipse lasted one hour and two minutes (11:41 p.m. – 12:43 a.m.), with the greatest coverage of the moon happening at 12:12 a.m.
As for the other two supermoons, according to EarthSky.org, they will occur on Feb.19 and March 21, with the one in February the closest and largest of 2019. Neither of these will enter the earth’s shadow, thus will not be eclipsed.