This week’s blog post is written by Nathan C., a Drummers alumni and monthly blog correspondent! He writes about the rare occurrence of the super blue blood moon earlier this year.
On January 31st, the super blue blood moon saw a full moon take on a red hue and even swell up to a 14 percent larger size and appeared 30 percent brighter as it approached Earth during the eclipse. A blue moon (a second full moon in a calendar month), a super moon (when the moon is unusually close to Earth, making it bigger and brighter) and a blood moon (a moment during an eclipse when the moon appears red) all coincided for the first time since 1866.
Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters, said: “For the continental US, the viewing will be best in the West… Set your alarm early and go out and take a look.” So this morning, the 31st of January, at around 5:30 in the morning I went outside and spotted the moon, and was impressed. Unfortunately I was too late to see the blood moon aspect of the super blue blood moon. However the moon was noticeably brighter than usual and appeared to be slightly larger than average.