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The Name of the Next Big Moon Event Sounds Like the Title of a Sweet Anime Series

Seriously, though — look me in the eyes and tell me you’re not watching Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse. You’re lying if you say no. Believe it or not, that’s a real thing, but you won’t be streaming it on Netflix — you’ll just have to look up, no binge required.

On the night of January 31, you’ll be able to look up and see something that hasn’t been seen in over 150 years. That night’s Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse (you can rearrange the words as you see fit) will be a combination of three astronomical oddities — a supermoon, a total lunar eclipse, and a blue moon. Let’s unpack that!

The supermoon part is the least rare. That simply refers to the moon being at one of its closest points to the Earth in its orbit — it’s when the moon shines super bright through your window and makes you lose sleep. It also happens to be a blue moon — a once in three years quirk of the calendar when two full moons appear in a single month. January 2 saw the first full moon of the month, with this heavily named moon just sneaking in at last moment.

Oh, and it’ll a full lunar eclipse, too. The Earth will pass right between the sun and the moon, casting a complete shadow over the moon in the early hours of the 31st. It’s a once-in-a-generation (if that) trifecta, so it’s well worth staying up for — if you happen to live in the right place!

Next page: Where, when, and how to watch!

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