Super Blood Blue Moon Hit The Skies Jan. 31
The view of the moon in the early morning of Jan. 31 was really three events all rolled into one show. A super moon is the event when the moon reaches its closest point, or perigee, to the Earth during its orbit. A blood moon is another term for a lunar eclipse, which means that the moon has orbited into the path of the Earth’s shadow aligning perfectly with the Earth causing the moon to gain a reddish tint. A blue moon means it’s the second full moon in the same month.
The show started about 4:50 A.M. from Paso Robles as the moon entered into an umbral eclipse from about 4:50 A.M. to 6:10 A.M. with totality at 5:30 A.M. The moon appeared red until about 6:00 A.M. where the moon slowly transitioned back to white before setting around 8:00 A.M.
The last super blue blood moon was 150 years ago and the next is predicted to fall on Jan. 31, 2037.