Did you see it? Did you see the great Super Blue Blood Moon of 2018?
First, let’s talk about why this full moon, on January 31, 2018, was a remarkable astronomy phenomenon. It’s called a supermoon because the moon is at its closest to earth in its elliptical orbit. It’s called a blue moon because it is the second full moon of the calendar month. And it’s called a blood moon because it underwent a lunar eclipse, and the shadow of the Earth gave it a coppery (“bloody”) hue!
I talked a bit about supermoons in a previous blog post, which also happens to offer up my delicious blueberry muffin recipe. So be sure to check that out!
Now, here’s the thing. I did not get to witness the amazing Super Blue Blood Moon! Why? Maybe because I’m cursed when it comes to viewing really cool astronomical events? No! As a matter of fact, it was due to timing (i.e. it was too early in the morning, and I was asleep) and also location. That’s unfortunate, but I did not weep over this. And I must say there have been some incredibly gorgeous photos that have come out of this event. I hope you’re looking them up!
There will always be interesting night sky events. So never fear, if you missed this one, you can plan ahead for the next! The sky truly is not the limit; in fact, it’s limitless. Get out there and enjoy it!
Image Credit: Super Blue Blood Moon Watercolor by J. Dianne Dotson Copyright 2018