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‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ appeared for first time in 150 years

Super blue blood moon rises in south Florida

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Super blue blood moon rises in south Florida

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On Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2018, the world experienced the first ‘super blue blood moon’ in over 150 years. NASA accurately predicted the super moon to occur the night of Jan. 30 and the blue red moon to happen on the night of Jan. 31 in Western North America.

“I think it’s really cool. It hasn’t happened in over 150 years so I’m really lucky to have a chance to see it,” Junior Jakob Martin said.

Although these happened on separate nights, NASA astronomers still considered the phenomenon the ‘super blue blood moon.’

A blue moon is the name of the event when a full moon occurs twice in one month. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes into Earth’s shadow and super moons happen when the moon is at its closest approach to Earth in a single orbit and coincides with a full moon. In this case, the super moon also happens to be the day of the lunar eclipse.

According to NASA, the best places to see the total eclipse were along the west coast of the U.S. Unfortunately, we were not located where we would see the total lunar eclipse, but the super moon was visible from nearly everywhere.

“The Astronomy Club will attempt to see the partial eclipse before the moon sets and the sun rises around 6:50 am Wednesday morning,” Jupiter High Astronomy teacher Mary Swigert said.

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‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ appeared for first time in 150 years