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Super blue moon lunar eclipse looms on the horizon

Emilio Lee

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The Moon: it has been one of the many things mankind can see during the fall of the day and the rise of the night, and man has done so for millions of years. But this month the moon will be doing something extra special: At the end of the month, our moon will be in a total lunar eclipse, but this isn’t just any eclipse. This particular lunar eclipse hasn’t happened since in the 1860’s, over 150 years ago, and it is called a Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse.

A Blue Moon is the second full moon in a month. It doesn’t happen very often, but this year it will happen twice, in January and March with no full moon in February. Hence the name ‘Blue Moon’ because it comes ‘out of the blue’ (not because it actually appears blue).

Even though the phrase “Blue Moon” doesn’t refer to an actual Blue Moon, that doesn’t mean that the moon can’t be turned blue, it is just very rare to see the moon looking blue. It can happen when smoke or dust particles hang in the atmosphere, like during a dust storm, forest fire, or volcano eruption. So in some parts of the world, they may see this the Moon in its Eclipse phase blue, but it’s not likely.

The reason why this particular Blue Moon is so special is that it will also be a Super Moon, which hasn’t be seen during a Blue Moon for over 150 years. This means the moon will be bigger than normal because the moon will be much closer to the Earth’s elliptical orbit which will cause the moon to become appear bigger.

So you may want to see it as it may not be seen for another 150 years or more. So you may want to see it so you can tell your children that you saw something that hasn’t been seen over 150 years and will probably be not be seen again for another 150 years. The eclipse will begin at 4:48 a.m. in Idaho Falls and will stop at 7:08 a.m. when the sun rises.

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