The Super Blue Blood Moon: A Rare Phenomenon


Victoria Zapata, writer, photographer

Early this Wednesday morning was one of the brightest ones yet thanks to the beautiful celestial event of the Super Blue Blood Moon. The Super Blue Blood Moon is a combination of a Super Moon, a Blue Moon and a Lunar Eclipse which are all common events but rare to be seen all at once.

“I believe the specific eclipses that are occurring aren’t rare, but the fact that the three are all happening at the same time is rare,” astronomy teacher James Cochran said.

This remarkable occurrence was mainly visible from the western hemisphere for the first time in 152 years. Hawaii and Alaska had the overall best seats in all of North America. The local view was blocked by clouds and fog.

Clouds or not, some missed this extraordinary lunar event due to the fact that it took place around 5:30 in the morning.

Many people have asked “Woah, is that tonight?” and then realize that it has already passed and sadly won’t be back for a very long time.

The Super Blue Blood Moon may be extremely rare, but the different moons involved occur quite often and are just as beautiful.

The last Blue Moon happened in July 2015 and in 2018 there will be two of them, a phenomena that won’t happen for another 19 years. The second Blue Moon is slated for late March.