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The Super, Blue, Blood Moon 2018

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An epic astronomical event
Wow that is a mouthful, even to write it. The Super, Blue, Blood Moon! Are you ready for this? Do you know what all the hub bub is about?

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Between the sun and the moon!


Let's break it down and take it one item at a time.

First off, I bet you have been hearing a lot about supermoons. I have to admit, I had never heard of them until the last year.

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The Blood moon will take on this hue!


Apparently, the moon is going to be visible to us, as always when it is a full moon, but a supermoon is 30% closer to the earth than normal, so this is going to appear really huge.

Then it is a Blue Moon as well. Now there are two definitions for this, which is kind of cool.

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The sunset - the epic moon that will be and our world!


First off, a Blue Moon means that there are two full moons within the same month. However, it also takes on the distinction that it is the fourth moon in a season that normally has only three full moons. So there you go - we have sorted two out of the three!

Next, a Blood Moon? Sounds scary right - like it should be coming from a horror movie or something. But there is another explanation.

This full moon is going to also be an eclipse. There is a lot going on with this one moon on these few nights at the end of January, so a lunar eclipse is one in which the moon appears darkened as it passes into the earth's shadow and the earth's curve filters out the blue light in the spectrum and the moon takes on a reddish glow.

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Moonlight!! always beautiful!


Cool right?

What else is cool about this, is the last time it happened was 1866 - over 152 years ago. It will not occur again until the year 2028.

This particular astronomical phenomenon, in this specific combination, will be visible from Australia and will last about 1 hour and 16 minutes.

So you will be able to go stand outside in the darkness on January 31, 2018 and watch this most amazing of occurrences.

You should plan a party, share this amazing event with your family and make it a big deal - because it truly is!

Do you remember when the Hale Bopp comet passed so close to the earth in 1997? It was so close to the earth, you could see the tail and watch it for great lengths in the night sky as it passed by. We still remember. Why? Because we made sure that our kids knew what was going on and it is something that we shared with each other.

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Our beautiful moon-always amazes!


So give it a go! It might turn you into an astronomy buff. If you would like to learn some more really cool facts about all this, you can go to the NASA website and a website at www.timeanddate.com.
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Why? Make it a family memory!
When: Jan 31, 2018
Website: www.nasa.gov
Where: Australia
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