Super Blue Blood Moon! Whaaaaat?
You might want to get up a little earlier than normal on Wednesday for the Super Blue Blood Moon. Yep, that’s what they call it. A super moon is when the moon is at one of its closest points to Earth in its orbit. This makes the moon appear particularly large and bright. It will also be a blue moon, which is what happens when there are two full moons in a single month. You’ve heard the saying “once in a blue moon”? The “blood” part refers to moon appearing reddish in color because, for some folks, it’ll be in a full eclipse. That shadow will alter its usual silvery-white color. The eclipse will be visible before sunrise on Jan. 31 and it begins at 6:51 a.m. CST, though it’ll be most visible in the western half of the continent. Staring at 4:51 a.m. CST the lighter part of Earth’s shadow will touch the Moon. By about 6:15 a.m. CST the Earth’s reddish shadow will be clearly noticeable on the Moon. The eclipse will be harder to see in the lightening pre-dawn sky, and the Moon will set after 7:00 a.m. as the Sun rises.” I might stick my head out for a few minutes, but Bobby Cook could just take a picture for me.