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'Super' Blue Moon and More


February 7, 2018

A rare lunar display lights the sky Jan. 31 – before the clouds move in on Sweet Home – as a lunar eclipse begins to throw its shadow over a "Super Blue Moon" at 4 a.m. The clouds grew too thick to see the Super Blue Blood Moon, which climaxed at about 4:45 a.m. A Blue Moon occurs when two full moons happen in the same calendar month; lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes into Earth's shadow; and supermoons happen when the moon's perigee - its closest approach to Earth in a single orbit - coincides with a full moon. The orange "blood moon" is caused by the eclipse. In this case, t...

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