Amidst all the events currently happening, from the SAG Awards to next month’s Olympics, we might forget what’s happening around us at the hands of Mother Nature. While last year all the hype was about the solar eclipse, and warnings of putting on shades, the end of this month will bring us a Super Blue Blood Moon. If you’re in need of a break from your screens, head outdoors because you won’t want to miss this.
How did it get its name?
“Super” comes from the term supermoon while the “blue” refers to the fact that it will be the second full moon to happen in the same month, the first which occurred on New Year’s Day.
What is the Super Blue Blood Moon?
According to Space, the phenomenon is basically a combination of a Blue Moon, lunar eclipse, and a supermoon. A supermoon appears when Earth’s moon hits the closest possible point to Earth and gives the illusion of being bigger and brighter than a full moon. While the color blue is in the title, Super Blue Blood Moon will have a reddish shade as it’s a signature element of a total lunar eclipse.
How often does this happen?
This will be the first time it’s happened in over 150 years. So while it occurs in the middle of the night, you might as well set your alarm so you won’t have to wait another century.
How can I see it?
The lunar eclipse will occur on January 31, 2018, for a little more than an hour. You’ll have the best view if you live in Asia or Australia and for you Americans, Alaska and Hawaii are prime US spots. If you live on the east coast or in the midwest, you’ll get a partial glimpse while those on the west coast will be getting a slightly better view. As for if it’s safe to look at? No need for special shades guys. Any total lunar eclipse is fine to look at so whip out those phones, telescopes, and binoculars.