Super Blue Blood Moon

Reagan Lowry, Reporter

Mark your calendars for January 31, 2018, there is supposed to be a rare super Blue Moon eclipse!

A Blue Moon occurs when two full moons appear in the same calendar month. A super moon is when the moon reaches its closest point to earth in its orbit. Super moons make the moon appear 30% brighter and tend to be 14% bigger. The second full moon of the month will feature two unique events. Not only will the super moon appear, but it will pass through the earth’s shadow will will result in a total lunar eclipse. The lunar eclipse is unofficially called a blood moon, because a fully eclipsed moon often takes on a reddish color.

“Everywhere where you will be able to see the full moon, you will be able to see the lunar eclipse,” says Dr. Daniel Brown, an astronomy expert at Nottingham Trent University.

This is expected to be a very special event for stargazers and moon watchers especially because the last time all three of these occurred simultaneously was in March 31, 1866.

However, this isn’t anything like the 2017 total solar eclipse, it is not nearly as dramatic. Even if someone is not a regular moon watcher there is a good chance they may notice a difference between this special occurrence and a normal full moon. Regardless, “The super-moons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the moon, not just that once but every chance they have,” said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre.

This rare occurrence should be “viewable from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia,” according to NASA. It is recommendable that all view this special occasion, for this trilogy is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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