by Taylor Bailey – Staff Writer
All around the world, people will be able to witness the Moon go through four phenomena all on the day Jan 31 in a special event known as the Super Blue Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse. This strange event has not occurred in one hundred and fifty years.
As the name suggests, the Super Blue Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse is the time when a Super-moon, a Blue moon, a Blood moon, and a Lunar Eclipse all happen within the same day, and on the 31 they happened at the same time.
The Super-moon, is a phenomenon when the moon looks very large in the sky, coinciding with the moon being the closest it can get to Earth with the occurrence of a new or full moon. The Blue moon is the second phenomenon by which the moon appears to have a bluish tint due to dust or smoke in the air. The Blood moon is the third phenomenon and it happens when the moon, in total eclipse looks to be red in its color as it illuminates by the sunlight, which is then filtered and arched to the Earth. Since the Blue moon and Blood moon occurred at the same time, the large moon, created by the Super-moon, had a bright orange look to it.
The final phenomenon was the eclipse which occurs when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow, and on the 31, it was in darkness for one and a quarter hour.
Washington, being in the west, gave the perfect opportunity for people to witness this phenomenon, however, it was quite cloudy the night of the Super Blue Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse. “For the (continental) U.S., the viewing will be best in the West,” Gordon Johnston said, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Set your alarm early and go out and take a look.”