Super Blue Blood Moon 2018: What is it

Quick Facts:

  • Last time this triple lunar event happened in the Americas was in 1866
  • This type of event happens more often than that, just not everyone can see it
  • Each of the individual events can be seen multiple times throughout a lifetime
  • Check out this time lapse from the eclipse Wednesday morning
  • Gallery of photos from the eclipse

Whether you are excited about the Super Blue Blood Moon or just going to see what the chatter is all about, this event is a special one.

Three different lunar events are lining up and happening at once: blue moon, supermoon, and a Lunar eclipse.

A Blue Moon is just a second full moon that happens in a given calendar month. This happens roughly every three years since the orbit of the moon and the earth are slightly different.

The term "supermoon" has been used a bit more recently. A "supermoon" is when the moon is at its closest point to the earth. It will seem 14% bigger and 30% brighter.

Last but not least, Blood moon: named for the color the moon takes during a lunar eclipse. The red and orange colors make it seem like blood.

"I'm calling it the Super Bowl of moons," lunar scientist Noah Petro said Monday from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Wednesday's lunar event is the first total lunar eclipse to happen since 2015 and the first Blue Moon lunar eclipse since 1982.

The lunar event that happened in 1866 was a total lunar eclipse coinciding with a Blue Moon.

FOX23 Meteorologist Laura Mock is digging more into this lunar trifecta.

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