Super Blue Blood Moon

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January 31st marked a very special day for lunar activity: a super blue blood moon. Try saying that five times fast. What exactly makes this event so significant? To break it down, this moon falls into three categories.

This moon was considered a “supermoon”. To qualify as super, the moon must be closer to Earth in its orbit, which is called perigee. In being closer to Earth, the moon will not only appear 14% bigger. It will be about 30% brighter than usual. There are usually a few occurrences of supermoons each year, which will most likely appear a little more noticeable than usual.

 

In addition to being a supermoon, this was also a blue moon. Actually, the color has little to do with the actual definition. Blue moons are classified as the second full moon occuring in a month. This event only happens once every two or three years. That is why when something rarely occurs, people use the term “once in a blue moon”. However, 2018 is a special year for blue moons. There will be two blue moons occurring in one year, one being in January and one in March. This type of event will not happen for another nineteen years or so.

As if a super blue moon wasn’t intriguing enough, there is still more. This super blue moon passed through Earth’s shadow, making creating a total lunar eclipse for viewers in certain locations. In a lunar eclipse, the moon will become reddish in color, which gives it the name “blood moon”. The next lunar eclipse will not be visible in North America again until January of 2019.

 

This is the first super blue blood moon in decades! To see the next lunar trifecta, you will have to wait several years until 2037!

 

If you missed it, click here to check out a live feed the super blue blood moon: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/01/31/live-stream-super-blue-blood-moon-eclipse/109966488/