If had a dollar for every time some meteorologist or news anchor reminded me to look up at the sky for some spectacular lunar event and I forgot to do it...well you know the rest...I'd be rich (yadda yadda). Well since something tells me I'm not alone with this forgetfulness, I thought I'd explain exactly what it is we will be trying not to forget to see this time around. When you wake up tomorrow (Wednesday Jan. 31 at around 6am) you may just see something no one has seen in 150 years. It will be, ready for this, a Super Blue Blood Moon.
Here's what it is:
- First of all we will have a "Blue Moon", which is when we get 2 full moons in the same month. According to NASA, only happens approximately every three years or so. For example, we haven't had a blue moon since July 2015 but interestingly we will have 2 blue moons this year then we won't have another for 19 years.
- Second, along with this rare blue moon tomorrow, the moon will be considered a "Supermoon" which is when it's at it's closest to Earth and thus, it will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter. Cool.
- Now as if us having a blue moon that is also a supermoon wasn't enough, it will also be considered a "Blood Moon" because we will pass between the Moon and the Sun, making the moon look red.
Whew! Got all that? Put it all together and no you don't have the end of days, you have a wicked cool event that hasn't happened since 1866 called a Super Blue Blood Moon.
Now... if I can just remember to look up at the damn sky tomorrow morning!