Super Blue Moon Lights Up the Skies of Walkersville

by Molly Lewing

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 there was a super blue moon. A super moon is the phenomenon whereby the moon appears particularly large in the sky owing to the coincidence of its closest approach to the earth (the perigee) with a full (or new) moon. [1]

A blue moon is either a phenomenon whereby the moon appears bluish owing to smoke or dust particles in the atmosphere. [1] or in yesterday’s case it was “a second full moon in a calendar month.” [1]

Although the east coast was not able to see it, there was also a lunar eclipse which gave the impression of a blood moon. Yesterday was the first time that has happened in 150 years. [2]

“The super moon was really cool. The fact that it was also a blue moon made it even cooler. I’m not super into astronomy but something about how big the moon looks is really interesting to me.” said sophomore Emily Goline.

NASA held a live stream of the event on their website yesterday. They were in a prime position to see the eclipse which led to some stunning images. In a time lapse video posted on their YouTube page you see the moon become a warm orange color because of the eclipse.[3]

“I really wish we could have seen the eclipse because that would have been really cool. I was awesome seeing the solar eclipse over the summer. I was at field hockey practice during the [solar] eclipse so I was able to look at it with those glasses which was cool,” said senior Felicity Borge.

There will be another super blue moon in March. [4]  Junior Natalie Miller said, “I can’t believe that this is gonna happen two times within three months this is really cool. I can’t wait to see it again because it was kind of cloudy last night. I’ve really enjoyed seeing all of the celestial events this past year so I’m looking forward to seeing more.”

Mark your calendars for the next one incase you missed it!