Historic - Jim Worth
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Martin Luther King Memorial Supermoon January 31, 2018 - H4

"January 31, 2018 had a rare occurrence last seen 152 years ago: a Blue Moon (2nd full moon in the month), a Supermoon (full moon at the same time it is closest to Earth), and a total lunar eclipse (seen in North America). I realized I needed to be in the Washington DC tidal basin area to capture the moon setting in the western horizon and have it align with a National monument; so, I visited the Martin Luther King (MLK) Memorial during the day before the Supermoon to ensure my planning was correct. It is an awesome memorial in the day but you must visit it in the dark to sense its full effect! Just think, the last event like this happened 3 years after the Emancipation Proclamation and a few months after the 13th amendment was ratified. And, actually after selecting the MLK Memorial I realized it was the only memorial that aligned properly with this Supermoon. It was a very cold (21F) but amazing experience that started around 4 a.m. and ended when the moon disappeared in a low cloud layer around 6:45 a.m.before it could exhibit the treasured golden color. Please take the time to visit the memorial after dark (Park Rangers present to provide information until 10 p.m.) when you are in the area!”

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