Super Blue Blood Moon Reaches Totatility Wednesday Morning

4 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, January 31 2018 Jan 31, 2018 January 31, 2018 10:10 AM January 31, 2018 in News

WESLACO – A unique lunar event that hasn’t occurred in more than 150 years took place early Wednesday morning.

The ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ means a blue moon, a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse occur all at the same time. That is exactly what took place around 5:48 a.m. until 7:00 a.m.

The last time this lunar event happened was March 31, 1866.

A full moon is not rare. It happens almost every 29 days, but this January two full moons occurred in a month. The second being dubbed a blue moon.

The last time a blue moon happened was in July 2015.

The event, also known as a blood moon or lunar eclipse, occurs when the Earth is passing between the moon and the sun. This is what gives the moon a reddish tint.

All of those events were combined with a supermoon, which is when the moon is at its closest point to the Earth and appears to be 14 percent bigger than a regular full moon.

You can view photos of this event on our KRGV Weather Facebook page and submit some of your own.

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