The new year started strong in terms of astronomical events. We have already had the first supermoon of the year on January 1st, followed closely by the Quadrantid meteor shower. Unfortunately, the show of the Quadrantids was overshadowed by the light of the supermoon, but the event at the end of the month will compensate. For the first time in 150 years, we will witness again a Super Blue Blood Moon.
The supermoon will occur for the second time in the same month
The Super Blue Blood Moon actually represents the conjunction of three separate events. The first one is, just like at the beginning of the month, a supermoon. Such an event occurs whenever the moon gets to its closest point to Earth. This place situated on its orbit is called the perigee, and the moon will appear a lot bigger and brighter than usual.
This accounts for the first event in the Super Blue Blood Moon day. The second one is marked by a blue moon. Although you might imagine the moon will appear blue, this name is typically given to the second full moon occurring in a month. Usually, there’s only one full moon per month but, sometimes, once every two and a half years, two such events happen in the same month.
The Super Blue Blood Moon will also coincide with a lunar eclipse
If this wasn’t enough, the Super Blue Blood Moon will undergo lunar eclipse. Unfortunately for us, this event will be visible only in the easy and center of Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. However, you might be lucky enough to watch a part of it in Hawaii and Alaska.
There’s still one thing to explain, namely the blood moon denomination. During an eclipse, the typical bluish hues reflected by the moon get filtered away. Instead, it will reflect red light, making it look like it is covered in blood. This way, the lucky ones will get to see a supermoon, blue moon, and lunar eclipse at the same time as the Super Blue Blood Moon.
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