What is a Super Blue Blood Moon?

What is a Super Blue Blood Moon?

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Sky-gazers were in for a rare treat in January of 2018 when three celestial events combined to create a super blue blood moon.

The night’s full moon was special for three reasons: it was the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit – known as perigee – and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It was also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon.”  And, the super blue moon passed through Earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and a full moon form a near-perfect lineup in space.  The total phase of the eclipse will lasted 1 hour and 16 minutes. The whole process took more than four hours.

When the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow it takes on a reddish tint, known as a “blood moon.” The Blood Moon tint escaped us here on the Emerald Isle in 2018, however, as the effect wasn’tvisible to us. Sad face.

Want to see it again online? Hello technology! NASA’s website will provide coverage of the celestial spectacle.

Here are the links:

Here is a NASA video to explain what is happened with the moon

The eclipse was the third in a series of supermoons in December 2017 and January 2018.

Here is a Supermoon Trilogy video, or join in with others talking about the event on Twitter https://twitter.com/NASAMoon

Happy skygazing, people!

 

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