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Super Blue Blood Moon Event Becomes Lunar “Trifecta”

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The second full moon of January can be seen in the skies on January 31, 2018. A lunar eclipse will also occur, as well as a blood moon, according to mnn.com.

If you live in North America, Alaska, or Hawaii, the eclipse will be visible before sunrise on Jan. 31. For those in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand, the “super blue blood moon” can be seen during moonrise in the morning on the 31st,” according to nasa.gov.

NASA is calling this Super  Blue Blood moon, a “Lunar Trifecta” since its a combination of three distinct events, stated huffingtonpost.com. One is a supermoon which will occur near a perigee, which is where the moon is closest to earth.

Secondly, this event is  the second full moon this month. This is called a “Blue Moon.” Thirdly, is it will all happen during a lunar eclipse. A blood red color occurs when the Earth passes between the moon and the sun giving  it a reddish glow according to foxnews.com.

Supermoons generally only occur once every 14 months and will not happen again until January 2019.” according to foxnews.com

Some supermoons are full moons, and some are new moons. In the year 2018, any full moon or new moon coming closer than 361,554.9 km of Earth counts as a supermoon,” according to earthsky.org

Despite the name,  supermoons are not that super because they occur about four to six times a year according to science howstuffworks.com. Out of all lunar eclipses that occur a blood moon will occur about once out of every three lunar eclipses according to timeandate.com. A blue moon only happens every three years or so according to foxnews.com

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