Did you know that earlier today, there was a ‘Super Blue Blood’ moon? This happens when 3 astronomical events occur at the same time. The moon’s orbit around the Earth is an oval so sometimes it is closer to the Earth, and sometimes farther away. When a full moon occurs at the same time it is at the closest point to the Earth, it is called a ‘Supermoon’; the moon looks slightly bigger and brighter. A ‘blue moon’ is basically the second full moon in one month. As for the ‘blood moon’, during a lunar eclipse the moon appears to be reddish-orange instead of greyish-white.
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The last time these three lunar events occurred concurrently was in 1866.
The ‘perigee’ or the minimum distance between the Earth and Moon is 225,300 miles. The apogee, or the maximum distance between the Earth and Moon, is 251,900 miles.
A ‘blue moon’ also referred to a year when there is an ‘extra’ full moon; 13 full moons instead of 12. This happens every 2 or 3 years.
A lunar eclipse does not happen every month since the moon’s orbit is not on the same plane as the Earth and Sun. It is slightly tilted so sometimes the moon does not completely pass through the Earth’s shadow.