Once-in-a-century ‘Super Blue Blood’ lunar phenomenon eclipses tomorrow morning

A rare phenomenon in the skies is less than a day away. Get ready for: a blue moon, a super-moon and a total lunar eclipse…all in one.

Posted: Jan 30, 2018 12:09 PM

A rare phenomenon in the skies is less than a day away.


Get ready for: a blue moon, a super-moon and a total lunar eclipse…all in one.

Learn when you'll have to "wake up" to witness this rare event.

The moon takes on different names based on what's happening at a given moment. On Wednesday morning, scientists say there will be a lot going on.

"The most important thing is it's a total lunar eclipse,” said Dr. Paul Kalas, astronomy professor at Berkeley. “So that means the moon is full and the earth is coming in the way of sunlight."

That’s called a "blood" moon because the dimmed light causes it to turn a dramatic red-orange color as it slips behind the earth.

But it will also be at the closest point of its orbit-making it brighter and larger than usual and earning the nickname, "super moon."

Because it happens to be the second full moon this month, a rare occurrence in itself, it's also called a "blue moon."

So if you get up to see it you will officially be looking at a "super blue blood moon eclipse."

"Well, I guess you can have bragging rights because something like this doesn't occur very often," Dr. Kalas said.

In fact, the last time this all happened on the same day was 152 years ago.

Dr. Kalas said it may be an unusual coincidence for everything to happen at once but scientists aren't getting very excited because each of the individual conditions happen fairly regularly.

"So, if something occurs frequently we have plenty of chances to observe it,” he said. “But it is important that people go outside and sort of appreciate how beautiful nature is and maybe spark their interest in science."

In our area, the eclipse will begin about 4 A.M. and will be at its "bloodiest" about 5 A.M., returning to normal by 6 A.M.

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