Super Blue Blood Moon

 Posted by on January 31, 2018
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First, let’s be honest, this is far from the greatest photograph I have ever taken. It’s awful in fact, but it exists!… I woke up at 6:45am and looked out the window to see a strangely large moon just about to set. Something was off about it. It was missing a small slice, but I knew it was supposed to be full. I then realized I was seeing the beginning of an eclipse! I ran to grab my dSLR but the moon was quickly slipping away, so I used whatever lens I happened to have on, pushed the ISO, and snapped this blurry pixelated image.

This is no ordinary lunar eclipse, it is a combination of three lunar events called a “Super Blue Blood Moon”. Let’s break down this impressive name: A “Super Moon” is when the moon is at its closest orbit to the earth, the perigee, and therefore is actually visibly larger. A “Blue Moon” is when there is a second full moon in the calendar month, but no, it will not be blue. And a “Blood Moon” is fitting name because while the moon is in the Earth’s shadow it will give off a red glow.

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