You heard right, a triple celestial event happening all at once on January 31st. It’s a Super Blue Blood Moon. Basically, a super moon, a blue moon, and a blood moon all at the same time.
Smithsonian reports that on top of all this, we earthlings will also enjoy a lunar eclipse. Yes, sounds like something straight out of the storybooks or eerie prophecy.
So, here’s why all these things will happen all at the same time on this Wednesday. The moon reaches its closest point (perigee) that night. Meaning, the moon will appear 13 percent wider and 28 percent larger than normal. AKA, a supermoon.
As an aside, a supermoon only appears only during a full or new moon when it aligns with the sun and earth at the same time. I know, I’m full of fun facts today.
It also is the 2nd full moon of the month, making it a blue moon. Blue moons only appear once every 2.7 years, so this makes Wednesday night’s celestial event even more special.
I know. So crazy.
The final celestial event on that night is the lunar eclipse. Yes, as if you needed another reason to step foot outside on a chilly January night.
Because the sun, moon, and earth all align perfectly that night, the moon will pass through the earth’s shadow. By doing so, it’ll pain the moon an eerie red color.
Unfortunately for us East Coasters, the west will enjoy a better show. While the full lunar eclipse transpires over the west, we should be able to catch a glimpse of the show during the pre-dawn hours. The height of the eclipse will be at 5:29AM. Totality ends around 6:07AM.
So, if you live in Hawaii, Alaska, Australia, and Eastern Asia, congratulations. You won the lunar eclipse lottery.
However, if clouds wreck the party, NASA TV will broadcast the entire thing. I know, it’s not the same but it’s better than nothing at all.
Also, 2018 is shaping up to have yet another celestial event. Although you won’t see a full moon next month, March will also have a blue moon.
It’s a pretty big deal because two blue moons in a year happens 3 to 5 times per century. So, two blue moons won’t happen again until 2037.
That said, enjoy stargazing on Wednesday night! You don’t want to miss this fantastical celestial event!