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A bloody good view


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.


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