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Super Blue Blood Moon

Chloe Kinander, staff

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To break this down, the event that occurred early morning on the 31st of January was the super blue blood moon. This event consisted of three fairly common lunar happenings all happening at the same time. These three events are the blue moon, which is the second full moon of the calendar month, next there is the super moon which is when the moon is especially close to the earth and can appear 17%  larger than when its at its furthest point and last but not least this is all coinciding with a total lunar eclipse.

Apart from this event being very pretty and entertaining, it may actually help NASA scientists figure out where to land the rover on the moon by looking at how the moon’s surface responds to the eclipse. Specifically they will be looking at the surface temperature changes during the event. This helps because they can study the different types of materials on the moon heating up and cooling differently. NASA wants to land someplace relatively rock free but also a place where the ground would be able to sustain them without their foot-pads sinking into the ground.

       I interviewed Hailey Armentrout to get her opinion on the moon. She was one of the many who got up extra early to see this amazing event. Hailey said it was “Definitely worth getting up that early” and said she thought it was really cool to see how different the moon looked. Hopefully you saw this crazy and exciting event for it hasn’t happened since 1866 and most likely won’t happen again till 2037.

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Super Blue Blood Moon