Next week, on January 31, turn your eyes to the sky, because the moon is going to do something that it hasn’t done in a century and a half. On the last day of this month, lucky celestial viewers are going to witness a super blue blood moon eclipse.
So what is a super blue blood moon eclipse? Let’s break it down. The supermoon is when the full moon is closest to the Earth, so it looks extremely bright and big. A blue moon is when the moon is full for a second time in a calendar month. Then, while all that is happening, there is going to be a total lunar eclipse. And as if that wasn’t enough, it’s also going to be a blood moon at the same time – something that occurs when blue light filters out of the atmosphere during an eclipse, making the moon appear red.
In the U.S., the eclipse itself won’t be very visible except in Hawaii and Alaska. But viewers in New Zealand, Australia, parts of Asia, and Indonesia are in for a real treat. And in case you were wondering, the answer is no. The super blue blood moon eclipse doesn’t mean anything special, except that it is an exciting convergence of multiple interesting lunar phenomena.