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Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics — 1.18.19

Get scorched with the day’s first ‘hot takes’ on Florida politics.

Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.

By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Daniel McAuliffe, Jim Rosica, and Drew Wilson.

Apologies in advance, but we are very excited about something that has absolutely nothing to do with politics.

The moon, Earth and sun will line up this weekend for the only total lunar eclipse this year and next. At the same time, the moon will be ever so close to Earth and appear slightly bigger and brighter than usual — a supermoon.

All 50 states will have a chance to see a total lunar eclipse Sunday that will leave the moon looking blood-red — ‘the deep red blood moon lunar eclipse.’ Image via Reuters.

The whole eclipse starts Sunday night or early Monday, depending on location, and will take about three hours.

It begins with the partial phase around 10:34 p.m. Sunday. That’s when Earth’s shadow will begin to nip at the moon. Totality — when Earth’s shadow completely blankets the moon — will last 62 minutes, beginning at 11:41 p.m.

If the skies are clear, the entire eclipse will be visible in North and South America, as well as Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Portugal and the French and Spanish coasts. The rest of Europe, as well as Africa, will have partial viewing before the moon sets.

During totality, the moon will look red because of sunlight scattering off Earth’s atmosphere. That’s why an eclipsed moon is sometimes known as a blood moon. In January, the full moon is also sometimes known as the wolf moon or great spirit moon.

So informally speaking, the upcoming lunar eclipse will be a super blood wolf — or great spirit — moon.

The next total lunar eclipse won’t be until May 2021.


@MichaelCohen212: As for the @WSJ article on poll rigging, what I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of @realDonaldTrump @POTUS. I truly regret my blind loyalty to a man who doesn’t deserve it.

@DeFede: You can have SOTU in writing but please keep the responses on TV — those are always memorable. The Marco Rubio‘s water grab. Bobby Jindal looking like Kenneth from 30 Rock. Steve Beshear sitting in some weird Twilight Zone-like diner. Joe Kennedy drooling

@DavidJollyFL: Legitimate question. Why are any Administration or Congressional officials of either party traveling overseas during a government shutdown?

@MollyMoorhead: When you’re flipping through the network news channels looking for the governor’s news conference and are reminded that soap operas are still a thing that exists

@HashtagJativa: Never in a million years did I think I’d see John Morgan, Matt Gaetz, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis standing together on a platform making a marijuana announcement. Crazy times, people

—@TomMnwfdn: Water from the Sea of Galilee that new Governor @RonDeSantisFL and First Lady Casey DeSantis saved from a trip to Israel and used last week to baptize their 9-month-old son Mason was tossed out by a cleaning crew at the governor’s mansion.

@JamesGrantFL: If you believe decriminalizing marijuana will reduce violent crime, trafficking, & end dangerous underground markets but supported @FlaDems push to criminalize everything but a six gun: Ask yourself why criminalizing guns won’t do the opposite of decriminalizing marijuana.

@CarlosGSmith: Gov. @RonDeSantisFL is RIGHT on medical cannabis! As I argued in 2017, we must respect the will of the voters, allow whole flower + smokable medical cannabis and let’s open up the industry to small/minority owned biz. I look forward to working w/ANYONE, R or Dem to achieve this!

@Scott_Maxwell: Reader sent a note that said all the recent news about nonsense in the Fla. Legislature prompted her to do some extra praying lately. Now she asks: “Is the man upstairs listening?” Way to go, Legislature. You’re so bad, you have devout Christians questioning God.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also the publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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