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The Super Blue Blood Moon Explained

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The Super Blue Blood Moon eclipse yesterday (Jan. 31) treated millions of observers around the world to a rare lunar sight as the second full moon of January passed through Earth’s shadow. In case you are wondering, what is the reason for this phenomenon being tagged as super blue blood moon?

LSC Super Blue Blood Moon

Peachie photography: Super Moon

Super moon

Due to its proximity to the Earth. The moon is near its closest orbit point to Earth which is why it appears 14% larger and 30% brighter than usual. 

Peachie photography: Super Blue Blood Moon

Peachie photography: Blue moon

Blue moon

Because it is the second of two full moons to appear in the same calendar month with the first one in January 1 and the second on January 31. The saying “once in a blue moon” is because of its rarity, as it happens once every 2.7 years.

LSC Blue Blood Moon

Peachie photography: Blood moon

Blood Moon

Because the celestial show is the result of the sun, Earth and moon lining up perfectly for a lunar eclipse. While the moon is in the Earth’s shadow, it takes a reddish tint known as “blood moon.”

LSC Photos: Super Blue Blood Moon

Peachie Photography: Super Blue Blood Moon

The combination of the three lunar phenomena that hasn’t been seen for 150 years was most visible in eastern Asia and eastern Australia. In the Philippines, viewing time was between 8:51 pm and 10:07 pm. The blue blood moon or the total lunar eclipse occuring on the second full moon of the month was last observed in the Europe, Africa and Western Asia in December 30, 1982.

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