A blue moon, super moon and blood moon will occur on the same day again in the not-so-distant future
If you missed this morning’s “super blue blood moon,” fear not. The next one isn’t that far off.
Thought it has been 150 years since the last time a blue moon, super moon and total lunar eclipse occurred simultaneously, the phenomenon won’t take nearly as long to reappear.
The next one will happen on January 31, 2037, according to a tweet from NASA. The previous “super blue blood moon” was visible on May 31, 1844.
This rare celestial sight is made up of three coinciding events. A supermoon is when the moon is closer to Earth in its orbit, therefore appearing larger and brighter. A blue moon is the rare occurrence of a second full moon in a single calendar month — the first took place on Jan. 1. Finally, a lunar eclipse occurs when a full moon passes into Earth’s shadow. The “blood” part of the name comes from the faint red sunbeams that peek out around the edges of the Earth, giving the moon a reddish color.
Want to relive today’s show in the sky? Check out this NASA livestream or watch a one-minute timelapse of the multi-hour event, above.