You probably know by now that a blue moon is not, in fact, blue, just extremely rare. Every 2.7 years or so, there will be two full moons in a month, which is a blue moon. That’s not to be confused with a moon that appears blue and ashy.
The cool thing about this blue moon is that it is a super blood moon as well. A supermoon is the most common among fun moons, occurring when the moon is full at its closest point Earth in its orbit. A blood moon occurs when the moon has cast upon it a red-ish hue, giving it a bloody colour. This thricely cool moon is extremely rare, having last occurred in 1866, in the American continents. It will even have a total lunar eclipse at certain points.
So, how does an interested party go about looking at this damn cool moon event? Well, in an interview with Newsweek, NASA planetary geologist Sarah Noble said this: “The best time to look out for a supermoon is shortly after sunset when the moon is low on the horizon. The moon tends to appear larger to the human eye at this point, although no one really knows why. The weather will also affect how big and bright the moon looks Wednesday, Noble noted.”
For those of us living on the East coast, we are out of luck on seeing the totality of the eclipse, however. The moon will have set by the time the eclipse is visible to us, which is unfortunate. If you are particularly committed to seeing this thing, NASA has you covered with a live stream of the eclipse as the moon makes its way through the night sky. The very awesome moon will be visible on Wednesday of this week.
For more information about neat lunar anomalies, check out this map of total lunar eclipse activity.
By: Thomas Penney