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Everything You Need To Know About The “Super Blue Blood Moon”

It won't necessarily be blue, but it will likely be super.

For those who recall experiencing it just a few weeks ago, the first supermoon of 2018 took place on New Year’s Day. Known as a “wolf moon”, it took its title from the traditional Native American term for the first Full Moon in January, which is named after howling wolves.

Now, Space.com reports that the second moon of the month will be a “super blue blood moon”, which will reach peak fullness on January 31, 2018 in the morning.

As you might imagine, blue moons are rare occurrences– thus the expression “once in a blue moon”– but they don’t always appear blue. In this case, the term “blue moon” simply refers to the appearance of a second full moon, or total lunar eclipse, in any given month; usually, there is only one. In some areas, for example, the moon might appear red.

According to the New York Times, this moon will rise for peak visibility around 5:51 AM, just in time to be seen before the approximated sunrise time for most of the East Coast. Watch it before you go to work!

Interested in learning more about how our cosmos are connected to plants? Read our article on lunar planting.

 

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