On January 31, 2018, a rare lunar eclipse termed as “super blue blood moon” took place in various parts of the world. this spectacle can be observed from Asia, North America, and Australia. The last super blue moon was reportedly seen on December 30, 1932, making it more than a quarter of a century since the last one.
Well, you all must be thinking how “super blue blood moon” gets its name. The super blue blood moon is a combination of three rare events namely- blue moon, super moon, and total lunar eclipse. A total lunar eclipse is when the moon goes through the shadow of the earth. Now, the “super” part of the name is because the full name is technically called as a supermoon. Again, we know that the moon is called as “blue” part because it is the second moon in the same month, but what about “blood” part? it is because, during a total lunar eclipse, the moon tends to show off a beautiful red hue.
A “blue moon” is just a weird naming convention for the second full moon of the month; it does not actually have anything to do with the moon’s hue.