Fire In The Sky: Super Moon

With the heavy, smoky haze in the sky from the West Fork Fire Complex in southwestern Colorado, this year’s super moon would certainly take on a different appearance. Fortunately, it did not disappoint.

 

Saturday evening

Along with the smoke, there were some clouds passing through the south-southeastern sky where the moon would be rising. It wouldn’t be the smoky haze obscuring the moon, but the clouds instead. For roughly 20 minutes, the moon was hidden behind a patch of clouds. After the last batch of clouds passed, the moon had a clear sky to shine brightly.

about 30 minutes after moonrise

 

about 35 minutes after moonrise

 

moon hidden by the passing clouds

 

the last clouds passing across the moon’s face

 

the moon shining in a clear, but hazy sky

 

Sunday evening

There wasn’t much of the smoky haze in the sky. Seeing an orange-reddish tinted moon was unlikely. The cloud cover, however, was rather extensive. The sky, though, started to clear quickly in the south-southeastern sky before sunset.  With plenty of clear sky, observing the moon would be very good.

about an hour after moonrise

 

about an hour, 5 minutes after moonrise

 

With fire conditions expected to worsen over the course of this week, it’s likely the moon will have an orange-reddish tint as the moon begins its journey through the waning phases. How much of the moon we’ll see will depend upon the amount of smoke put into the air by the West Fork Fire. Last Thursday night, the moon wasn’t seen at all due the dense smoke layer that had migrated over the region.

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