Eclipse By Fire! Smoky Haze Pervades Night Sky, Darkens Moon

The Full Moon at 10:30 p.m. last night (Aug. 30). Even at 25° altitude, it glowed a deep, dark orange due to heavy smoke from western forest fires. Credit: Bob King

The Full Moon at 10:30 p.m. last night (Aug. 30). Even at 25 degrees altitude, it glowed a deep, dark orange caused by heavy smoke from western forest fires. Credit: Bob King

Did you see the Moon last night? I walked outside at 10:30 p.m. and was stunned to see a dark, burnt-orange Full Moon as if September’s eclipse had arrived a month early. Why? Heavy smoke from forest fires in Washington, California and Montana has now spread to cover nearly half the country in a smoky pall, soaking up starlight and muting the moonlight.

If this is what global warming has in store for us, skywatchers will soon have to take a forecast of “clear skies” with a huge grain of salt.(…)
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