Looking at the moon, one often has trouble finding the perfect words to accurately describe its magnificence and beauty. Some would say the moon is a light-yellow sphere-shaped object, suspended in the sky, and can be seen best at night. Others would tell you the moon is crescent-shaped (like a fingernail clipping), or sometimes appears in the bright of the day in the Eastern sky. They may even tell of observing different shapes and designs that appear to be carved on its surface, like a man, a boat, or even a rabbit in some places. There are many words that can be used to describe the moon, but how does one describe rarer forms the moon make take, on occasion?
You may have heard of various “special” versions of our moon such as a blue moon (the second full moon in a calendar month), a supermoon (when the full moon appears larger than usual), and even a blood moon (when a moon in total eclipse appears to have a reddish or orangish tint). But, have you ever heard of a “Super Blood Blue Moon”?
Early Wednesday morning, according to the New York Times, a total lunar eclipse (where the Earth moves between the sun and the moon), a supermoon, blue moon, and blood moon will coincide in what is being termed a “super blood blue moon”. To understand how rare such an event is, the last time anyone on Earth had the good fortune to witness this celestial phenomenon was on March 31, 1866 (EliteDaily.com), a little over a year after the civil war ended!
If you live in the United States, this lunar spectacle will be visible between 4:30 AM and 7:00 AM, Wednesday, January 31 in all states, but best by those in the Western US. Do something memorable for yourself and your family. Get up early Wednesday morning before you leave for work and take a few minutes to watch the super blood blue moon! Take a photo if you can. This will be a historical moment that will be talked about for years, decades, and centuries to come. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness something truly special and rare in the heavens tomorrow!