Let’s break this down. This event – called a super blue blood moon – is actually three fairly common lunar happenings all happening at the same time!
And scientists say that information gathered during the event could help them figure out where to land a rover on the moon.
What is a super blue blood moon?
The moon is full, and it’s the second full moon of the calendar month, which has been termed a blue moon.
Moon is on a 28-day cycle so that only happens once in a while – or, as you might say, once in a blue moon!!
Next, the moon is known as a supermoon because it’s especially close to the Earth, making it appear larger and brighter than usual. The moon doesn’t orbit Earth in a perfect circle – it’s an ellipse, which means there are times during the orbit that it is thousands of miles closer to Earth than others.
Most interesting, is that this is all coinciding with a total lunar eclipse. That’s why this is also called a blood moon, it’s going to pass through the Earth’s shadow and the Earth’s shadow is going to cause the moon to appear a deep red color.
What a wonderful combination with all the wonderful things the moon can show us.
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