What You Should Know About the Super Blue Blood Moon

Alex Van Duyne, Staff Writer

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The super blue blood moon on January 31, 2018 was a rare occurrence of a supermoon, blood moon, and blue moon on the same night.

The last time this lunar trifecta occured was all the way in March of 1866. It’s pretty special, consisting of a supermoon, a blue moon, and a blood moon all in the same day.

A supermoon is when a full moon occurs at the same time as its perigee (the closest point of the moon’s orbit with Earth), so the moon looks larger and brighter than normal.

A blue moon is when there’s a second full moon in the same month. It’s extremely rare, and that’s where the saying “once in a blue moon” came from. Sadly, the moon doesn’t turn blue, if that’s what you were thinking. The first full moon was on January 1, 2018.

The last part of the trifecta is the blood moon. The blood moon occurs during the lunar eclipse, when faint red sunbeams peek out around the edges of the Earth, giving it a reddish, copper color.

Despite having to wake up early to see it, many students at Dana Middle School woke up extra early to view the lunar trifecta:

Dana Middle School 8th grader Graeme Paulson saw the eclipse and said it was “too early in the morning” and “wasn’t worth it,” probably because you could just easily find images of the super blue blood moon online and not have to wake up crazy early in the morning.

The super blue blood moon was safe to look at with a naked eye, unlike the solar eclipse of 2017.

The west coast got an extremely good view on the entire eclipse. The best times to watch the super blue blood moon was at 5 to 6AM. NASA said that “”At 4:51 a.m., totality will begin, with best viewing between about 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. local time. The totality phase ends about 6:05 a.m.”

Sorry if you missed this event, but you can still look at tons of lovely pictures of the moon on the Internet! However, the next lunar eclipse will be visible in January of 2019.

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