Sunday’s Super Blood Moon
The sun, the Earth and the moon lined up in a row to put on a spectacular show in Sunday’s night sky, and people around the world looked up to watch the lunar eclipse.
Though always rare, this was was an especially unique lunar eclipse.
For starters, this moon was a supermoon. It happened to be at a point in its orbit that made it look particularly large in the sky.
Second, this lunar eclipse was the last in a series of four spanning two years. Those can happen a couple of times in a century, or they can make themselves very rare, skipping over a few centuries.
The last supermoon total lunar eclipse happened 33 years ago.
Some people call the totally eclipsed moon a “blood moon” for the rusty red-orange color it turns once it is completely in the Earth’s shadow. That shadow isn’t perfect, so faint sunbeams sneak around the shadow’s edges on all sides in the colors of reds and oranges.
Did you miss it? Don’t worry, Glitter Girls. It’ll be back in 2033.