The term might sound a bit hilarious but it is actually what the whole planet has experienced in the first month of the year; a super blue blood moon. You might be wondering what exactly this term means.
WHAT IS SUPER MOON?
A super moon is a moon when it is at its closest to the earth. You might want to ask that, if the moon is revolving around the earth in circles, how come it is closer at some points than others? Firstly the moon does not go round the earth in circles, it goes around in an elliptical pattern, which means at some point in its course the moon will be closer to the earth and therefore seen as brighter and bigger.
WHAT IS A BLOOD MOON?
A blood moon is the term that is used to describe the lunar eclipse or the eclipse of the moon. This term was coined because the moon turns from its original colour to a dark reddish colour. An eclipse happens every time our planet Earth passes directly between the Sun and the Moon, casting a shadow on the moon. The shadow does not make the moon go entirely dark due to the sun’s light shining through the earth in a process called Scattering. The residue or filtered light reflects on the sun and give it a dark reddish or reddish-orange colour which will appear dim in the night but very visible resembling the planet Mars which is next to Earth.
WHAT IS A BLUE MOON?
A blue moon is not a blue colored moon, it is the term used to describe a full moon when it appears the second time in a calendar month. A full moon is seen within an average space of 29.5 days. On the first day of January, 2018, there was a full moon and the month closed out with another full moon.
So, a Super Blue Blood Moon occurs when a Super moon occurs together with a Blue moon in a lunar eclipse, combining three spectacular lunar events. Hence, we see a big reddish-orange full moon when a Super Blue Blood Moon. This Super Blue Blood Moon appeared on the 31st of January, in the early hours of the day. It was seen in the West Coast of the United States, Hawaii and North America. NASA provided a Live stream of the Super Blue Blood Moon from 5:30am ET. It was 223,068 miles close to the Earth instead of the regular 238,855 miles, appearing to be 14 percent larger than its normal size.
This Super Blue Blood Moon is going to happen again in January 2019 in case you missed this one. This is quite interesting because the last time all three lunar events occurred simultaneously was 1866, exactly 152 years ago. We should consider ourselves lucky to be alive to witness such an event in two consecutive years.