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"Super blue blood moon" eclipse happens Wednesday morning

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What in the world is a 'super blue blood moon?' Trust me...I find myself asking the same question when I read most headlines (and I just used it in my own!). Let's break it down for you.


1. Super refers to the fact that this full moon on the last day of January will appear a little bigger and brighter. The supermoon occurs when the moon, in its full phase, is also at its closest point to Earth in its orbit.

2. The blue part of this (extremely long) nickname refers to the fact that this is the second full moon in the month.

3. Blood moon refers to the fact that this full moon will eclipse. The lunar eclipse will occur early on Wednesday morning.

A lunar eclipse happens when the moon moves into the umbra, or the inner shadow of the earth. Once this happens, the moon takes on a faint, red color. The sun, Earth, and the moon are aligned at this time.

The bummer of this all is that we won't get to see this part. The sun will have risen by the time that the moon goes into the umbra completely.

We may just see a faint shadow in the moon, low in the horizon, that morning before the sun rises. Other than that, we'll have to wait until next year.

We'll have to wait until the night of January 20, 2019 to see the next total lunar eclipse.

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