Rare Supermoon Coming soon

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Picture of a Blue Moon

A rare Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse that hasn’t been seen on Earth in 35 years is coming soon. A blue moon is a phenomenon whereby the moon appears bluish owing to smoke or dust particles in the atmosphere. A total lunar eclipse, a lunar eclipse that occurs when the moon passes directly behind the Earth into its shadow. A total lunar eclipse has the direct sunlight completely blocked by the earth’s shadow. Both of these occurrences are very rare, and on January 31st, they will be happening at the same time. The moon will seem larger, brighter for some skygazers later this month when a total lunar eclipse occurs during a blue moon and supermoon will take place, something scientists say is a rare occurrence.

Much of America could witness the Jan. 31 celestial spectacle. Many people have begun calling the combination a “super blue blood moon eclipse.” The last time this coincidence occurred was 35 years ago. Some reports say such a sky show hasn’t happened for more than 150 years. Fred Espenak, a famed and retired NASA astrophysicist, said the last total lunar eclipse during a super blue moon was on Dec. 30, 1982.

Though this phenomenon has been deemed a  “blue moon,”the term has nothing to do with the moons color. In fact, the full moon will appear red or a burnt-orange shade. The moon could also appear blood red, dark brown or gray. The shade will depend on atmospheric conditions. Whether you’ll see the show also depends on local weather conditions, since the clouds could possibly cover or partially block the moon in some areas. During a supermoon, the moon appears about 15% larger than usual, and 30% brighter. The next total lunar eclipse can be seen on July 27, 2018. The event will again be visible again in America on Jan. 21, 2019.