sometimes paradise is a blood harvest supermoon…

supermoon Cancun

supermoon Cancun

with a lunar eclipse thrown in for good measure.! As of right now, I only have pictures of the supermoon. But I promise if I get any lunar eclipse shots, I will post them 🙂

So last night, the world witnessed a blood harvest supermoon complete with a lunar eclipse. Wow.! And we won’t see another one for 18 years.!! Double wow.!! But what exactly does that mean.?! Besides that it’s gorgeous.!

full moon Cancun

full moon Cancun

Well, the moon is considered a supermoon when it is within 220,000 miles or 360,000 kilometers from the Earth. During that time, the moon looks 12 to 14% bigger and twice that much brighter.!! Hola Luna.!

The reason it’s called a harvest moon is because it’s near the Autumn Equinox (September 23rd) when farmer’s utilized it’s presence for (you guessed it.!) the harvest.

courtesy of facebook.com/soyplayense

courtesy of facebook.com/soyplayense

The blood moon moniker comes from the lunar eclipse. Last night, the Earth, moon, and sun lined up with each other. During that line up, the Earth’s shadow completely obscured the moon. But rather than being in complete darkness, the lunar eclipse gave off an orange to reddish haze depending on where you were in the world and other more scientific variables. I’ve also read it’s the name given to the fourth lunar eclipse in a lunar tetrad (four lunar eclipses in a row spaced at 6 full moons/months apart).

One of my good friends in Cancun took these pictures with his wife last night (they wanted to be anonymous). But their pictures were too beautiful to be hidden.! And the blood red moon comes from Soy Playense in Playa del Carmen. So enjoy 🙂

Cancun sky

Cancun sky last night

More info on last night’s super moon and lunar eclipse…

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-blood-moon-lunar-eclipse-20150927-story.html

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/09/25/blood-moon-lunar-eclipse-super-moon-need-to-know/72790162/

http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/super-full-moon.html

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la luna súper última…

last supermoon

I thought I would share the last supermoon of the summer with photos from Playa del Carmen. It is not as big as the supermoon during August, but it is still beautiful.!! Monday’s supermoon was also this year’s Harvest Moon because it occurred near the autumnal equinox. I hope everyone had a chance to see the moon and say, “hola luna“. I know I did 🙂

courtesy of facebook.com/zenzibeach

courtesy of facebook.com/zenzibeach

hola luna…soy rosa…

courtesy of playa del carmen at riviera maya on facebook.com

courtesy of playa del carmen at riviera maya on facebook.com

One of my favorite (actually most favorite) activities while living in playa was to go to the beach during a full moon.!! The sand and the sea added to the mystical quality of the full moon. When I closed my eyes, I could be anywhere. It could be any time. I could be anyone. And, of course, I always properly introduced myself to each full moon – hola luna.! soy rosa.!

My full moon trips to the beach became so well-known that after only a short time period living in Mexico, my friends would call me up to ask me what time were we going to the beach.!! jajaja… Sometimes we would bring beer. Sometimes we would just bring each other and write in the sand. Talk about our week or talk about our dreams. It was always magical….

courtesy of playa del carmen @ riviera maya

courtesy of playa del carmen @ riviera maya on facebook.com

I miss those moments. Especially after this past year of supermoons.!! A supermoon is the beautiful happenstance of a full moon coinciding with the moon’s closest approach on it’s orbit to Earth. Thereby, making the moon appear larger than life.!! I can only imagine how breathtaking it has appeared in playa.!! One of the captions for the photo at the top simply said ‘the Mexican Caribbean sky’ or ‘el cielo del Caribe Mexican’.!

I have culled some photos from some of my favorite web pages showcasing the full moon in playa this past weekend. As you can see, it is mesmerizing. Oh how I wish I could have seen it in playa.!! This weekend, I watched the moon from my car and my back porch. It was lovely, but it was so far away. I felt almost like we were friends who had grown apart. And I wanted so badly to find the miracle elixer to bring us closer together. Maybe we just need to start over and reintroduce ourselves – hola luna.! soy rosa.!!

courtesy of Rancho Baaxal on facebook.com

courtesy of Rancho Baaxal on facebook.com