Once in a Super Blue Blood Moon
March 2, 2018
At 5:29 AM on January 31, 2018, a phenomenon that last occurred in 1868 happened again after 150 years. People witnessed the Super Blue Blood Moon rise over the west. A Super Blue Blood Moon is a combination of a blue moon (the second full moon of a month), a blood moon (a total lunar eclipse), and a supermoon (a full moon at its closest possible distance to Earth).
Approaching 6:00 A.M, the moon seemed larger as it disappeared over the hills. Because the moon was 222,761 million miles from the Earth, its closest distance possible due to orbital evolution, it was a Supermoon. Totality began at 4:51 am and ended at 6:05 am. You could see the effects of the blue moon throughout the night, all the way into about 9 AM. The next Super Blue Blood Moon will happen in about 19 years from now, on January 31st, 2037.
Why is it so special, you may ask? Well, the phrase ‘once in a blue moon’ says it all. The last super blue blood moon happened about 150 years ago. If you missed it, or forgot to wake up for it, you won’t have to wait another 150 years to watch it. The next one will actually happen in about 19 years, which is an amazing coincidence, considering how long ago the last one happened.
“The Super Blue Blood Moon was one of the most amazing things I have seen yet to this day,” says Sasha McLin, a student at AdVenture STEM. “It was really fun to watch, and I think that the fact that it will happen again in 19 years is a huge coincidence, which most likely means I will watch it twice in my lifetime.”
It was REALLY cool!”
— Sasha McLin
The Super Blue Blood Moon is a beautiful event that happens very rarely. People that saw the blood moon had seen one of the most beautiful things that will ever happen to the moon. You could say that this event was out of this world!