It’s something that sounds like every type of lunar spectacle morphed into one- and that’s because it is. According to representatives from NASA, This Wednesday, we will be able to see a Super Moon, a Blue Moon, and a Blood Moon all happening at the same time during a Lunar Eclipse- something that hasn’t happened in about 150 years.
So what does that mean?
According to ABC News, A blood moon is a term used to describe a total lunar eclipse, which is when the moon appears darkened as it passes through the Earth’s shadow. The total lunar eclipse is given the “blood” nickname because of the “beautiful” red color caused by the projection of all of the Earth’s sunrises and sunsets onto its surface, Noah Petro, a scientist for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, told ABC News. The next lunar eclipse visible in the U.S. will be on Jan. 21, 2019, according to NASA. It won’t be a blue moon, but it will be a super moon.
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A super moon is a full moon or new moon that coincides with the moon’s position at its closest to the Earth. Wednesday’s super moon will be the second-closest full moon of the year, after the one that occurred on Jan. 1, Petro said. It will also be part of a “trilogy” of recent super moons, the first of which occurred on Dec. 3, according to NASA.
A blue moon is merely a “quirk in the calendar,” as the second full moon in a month, Petro said, adding that there is “nothing really to see there.” In the early morning hours of Jan. 31, the moon will transform to a reddish hue as becomes completely submerged in the Earth’s shadow, Petro said.
While people on the East Coast will have a full view of the super blue moon, they won’t get to see the lunar eclipse, which will be starting just as the moon is setting for the Central and Eastern time zones, Petro said.
People in the Central time zone may get a glimpse of the eclipse, but once the sun rises and the moon sets, it will be too bright outside to detect the eclipse, New York City-based photographer Stan Honda told ABC News. People in the Mountain time zone and westward, to Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and across the Pacific Ocean to eastern Asia and Australia, will have “a front row seat” of the super blue blood moon, Petro said.
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