Find Out More About A Phenomenon Called 'Super Blue Moon Eclipse'
You've heard nerds chatting excitedly about it for a couple weeks now, but what exactly is a "Super Blue Moon Eclipse"? Well it's three interesting lunar events happening at the same time. A supermoon, a blue moon and a lunar eclipse visible over North America on January 31.
Nature can be quite the treat. The wonderful blue skies and the almighty sun just breaking through the atmosphere is a godly divine. The skies have always been a mystery to us, although we put lots of effort, time and money towards finding out what lives in the great unknown. We believe that no matter how much time we spend searching through space, that we will always have more to find out and discover.
January sky watchers are in for a rare treat: a Blue Moon, a total lunar eclipse and a "supermoon" all in the same month.
A Blue Moon is when two full moons happen in the same calendar month; lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes into Earth's shadow; and "supermoons" happen when the moon's perigee — its closest approach to Earth in a single orbit — coincides with a full moon. In this case, the "supermoon" also happens to be the day of the lunar eclipse.
The first full moon of January occurred on the night of Jan. 1 or the morning of Jan. 2, depending on your location. The second full moon and the lunar eclipse will occur on the night of Jan. 31 or the morning of Feb. 1. And the "supermoon" will take place on the night of Jan. 30, which is technically one day before the moon reaches peak fullness, but even NASA is willing to call the event a "supermoon" nonetheless.