On January 31, for the first time in 150 years, be sure to step outside and look up! In just a couple days we are all in for a stellar event being penned a Super Blue Blood Moon. “A super blood what?” Yes, we know it all sounds a little confusing, but this week on the Wire blog we’re talking space!
You know there’s phases of the moon and lunar eclipses but what about a blue moon? A blue moon is simply when 2 full moons pass above us in a single month. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow and a super moon is when the moon’s orbit is closest to earth all while it’s phase is a full moon. Do you see where this is going? No? Let’s discuss what a Super Blue Blood Moon is!
All those cool moon things we just discussed are exactly that, all of them. So on January 31 the moon will pass closest to earth, making a super moon, while being the second full moon we have this month, making it a blue moon, all while passing between the Earth’s shadow creating a lunar eclipse which ultimately becomes a Super Blue Blood Moon. Sure, it sounds great on paper, or the Internet in this case, but seeing it will be the ultimate treat!
Here’s the kicker. Early birds, and we mean EARLY, will have the best chance of viewing. Here in Texas, the event will be visible before sunrise. At about 4:50 a.m. is when things get moving and at 5:48 a.m. is when the partial eclipse makes its’ entrance. You can expect a total eclipse at around 6:51 a.m.
Sound too early? Well the next blue moon will come around in March, it just won’t be as unique as this. For more information on the Super Blue Blood Moon visit Space.com and be sure to snap and send us your photos if you’re up early enough to witness the event!
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