Monday, January 29, 2018

Super Blue Blood Moon

Day 142 of My Italian Learning Journal*

Not bad! This is the 142nd consecutive day 142 of my posting on my blog/journal, posting practice scripts in Italian, as a means of establishing the habit of studying Italian every day. There are days I think, What will I write about today? Then potential content pops up. The local weatherman on the TV channel my wife and I watch after dinner talked about the "super blue blood moon" phenomenon that will occur tomorrow. I have found two websites where live-streams will begin January 31st, online, starting at 5:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Below are the two websites, followed by a practice script in Italian, and grammar corrections are welcome.

Ascolta Questo:
  • Domani mattina ci sarà un'eclissi di luna.
    Tomorrow morning there will be an eclipse of the Moon.
  • Sarà un'inusuale eclissi di luna.
    It will be an unusual eclipse of the Moon.
  • Questa è la prima eclissi lunare totale dal 28 settembre 2015.
    This is the first total lunar eclipse since September 28, 2015.
  • La luna sarà nell'ombra della terra e apparirà di colore rossastro - una "luna di sangue".
    The Moon will be in the Earth’s shadow and appear reddish in color -- a “blood moon."
[ Grazie a mikael-sixsix ]
[ Grazie a Babbala ]
Alla prossima!

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*Note: This is my personal journal of daily practice in learning Italian. I welcome Italian grammar corrections. Grazie.


  1. Hi Ted
    this topic is one of my favorites. I am fascinated by astronomy.
    I found an article that explains why this event is called "blue moon" and I tried to translate it into English to let you read it.
    I hope it's understandable:
    << An extraordinary astronomical event. On the night of January 31st the Moon will be at the same time Superluna, Blue Moon and Red Moon. An event that in one area of ​​the world in particular, the United States, had not occurred for at least 150 years. This moon will be above all "a chromatic jumble", explains Paolo Volpini, of the Italian amateur astrophiles (Uai), "at least for the Anglo-Saxon countries, because it will be a blue moon, but also red, because in that same date there will be a total lunar eclipse, unfortunately not visible in Italy ". Asia, Australia and on the west coast of North America they will be able to watch the double show. But "Blue Moon" is only a popular saying, the Moon will be truly red for those lucky enough to admire the total eclipse ".

    The expression Blue Moon has Anglo-Saxon origins, "Blue Moon, is a popular saying that comes from the expression 'once in a blue moon', to indicate a rare event.
    It is therefore not "linked to color or even to a real astrological phenomenon, rather to a particularity of the calendar", adds Volpini. "We have the blue moon - he continues - when in a month you have two full moons, which happens only when five lunar phases occur in the same month, there are usually four. The same event, that is, two full moons and five lunar phases, we will have it also in the month of March.
    This coincidence, in the months of January and March, will give rise to a very special event: a month of February with only three lunar phases, instead of the usual four, 'tight' in two months with five lunar phases. This is a rather rare curiosity of the calendar - concludes Volpini - which will occur again only in 2031 ".

    But, beyond the chromatic phases, the one that will shine in our skies on the night of January 31 is first of all a Superluna, that is a full Moon next to the perigee, the point of minimum distance that our satellite can reach from the Earth, with a visual effect from the Earth that "makes it look a little brighter and a bit bigger than usual", underlines Gianluca Masi, head of the Virtual Telescope and "the next Superluna, will appear about 7% bigger and a little more bright of the average ". Since the orbit of our satellite is elliptical, explains Masi, there are times when the Moon orbits very far from the Earth and others in which it passes rather close; "The average distance is 384 thousand kilometers and on January 31 our satellite will be almost 359,000 kilometers from the Earth". It is not a record, actually, because immediately after New Year it was found at the minimum distance, about 356,000 kilometers. But to see a Superluna again it will take a year.>>

    I'm a bit disappointed that in Italy we will not be able to see this rare event directly, but at least we can see it through the means that technology has made available to us (internet, tv).

    Regarding the phrases you did a good job, you're very improved, my compliments.
    For me just a small adjustment on the last sentence:
    La luna sarà nell'ombra della terra e apparirà di colore rossastro - una "luna di sangue".

    Have a nice day

    1. Thanks, Mik. Astronomy was a hobby of mine, at one time. I had a 10-inch reflector telescope with a clock-drive. The word I could not find to match reddish is the one you have provided: rossastro . . . Thanks. Your English is commendable. Alla prossima. ~ Ted


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