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Last week I mentioned a little something about a moon. At the end of this month, we’re being treated with the first blue blood supermoon in 150 years. So, what do you need to know?

At the end of the month, we’ll experience a combination of a supermoon, blue moon and a lunar eclipse. The term “once in a blue moon” may or may not have something to do with what astronomers call a blue moon, but we’re not really sure.

In astronomy, blue moons occur when two full moons appear in one month. This was thought to be impossible, but they typically happen once every 2.5 years or so. This year, we’re actually experiencing two — one in January and one in March.

The name is misleading though because the moon rarely appears blue unless there are volcanic dust particles in the sky. These diffract red light to make the moon appear blue, which last happened after the volcano Krakatoa erupted in 1993.

Ok, so back to this month’s moon and to the blood part of it. A blood moon is something that occurs from blocked sunlight and bending-spectrum light from behind the earth. That light creates a red hue that all of us here in Greater Pittston be able to see early in the morning of Wednesday Jan. 31.

And, on top of all of this, this moon is an almost-super moon, so it’s going to look huge! There also will be a partial lunar eclipse in our area.

I cannot stress enough how exciting this it! At least to me. We get to see a big, red moon that’s being partially eclipsed and is the second full moon this month! The best time to check out the moon in our area is between 5:51 and 7:14 a.m. on Jan. 31.

The last time this kind of moon occurred was in 1866, so I highly suggest making time to check this one out. It’s a really rare opportunity that you should make the most of.

Happy moon gazing!

Council news

Council sends thanks to PennDOT and Hughestown for making the roads safe, and reminds residents to drive carefully.

The new trash hauler, Mascaro, is getting all names together for collecting trash. Council received many calls and reports residents have been happy with the change. Trash is collected Mondays. If you’ve been missed, contact Mascaro at 1-800-243-7575 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 2018 budget is available for review in the borough building.

The borough will be working to get computers for Hughestown police vehicles. More details to come.

Council advises residents Landmark Bank Credit will collect overdue sewer bills.

Crime Watch

The next Hughestown Crime Watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at the Hughestown Hose Company. All residents are welcome and encouraged to attend and join the Crime Watch.

Stay safe out there!

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown every week. To include an item in her column, email kdemace@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-821-2004 by 5 p.m. Monday.