Watch: NASA's timelapse video of the Super Blue Blood Moon
The Associated Press
In this Aug. 28, 2007, file photo, the moon takes on different orange tones during a lunar eclipse seen from Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Did you miss the Super Blue Blood Moon this morning? Well, don't worry. NASA recorded a time-lapse video of the historic event!
The eclipse was visible in the western half of the U.S. and Canada Wednesday morning.
Why Was This A Big Deal?
There hasn't been a triple lineup like this since 1982 and the next won't occur until 2037.
A blue moon is the second full moon in a month. A supermoon is a particularly close full or new moon, appearing somewhat brighter and bigger. A total lunar eclipse — or blood moon for its reddish tinge — has the moon completely bathed in Earth's shadow.
How Close Was The Moon Be To Earth?
The moon was closest to Earth on Tuesday — just over 223,000 miles (359,000 kilometers). That's about 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) farther than the supermoon on Jan. 1. Midway through Wednesday's eclipse, the moon was even farther away — 223,820 miles (360,200 kilometers) — but still within unofficial supermoon guidelines.
What Did Scientists Study?
Just like the total solar eclipse in the U.S. last August cooled the Earth's surface, a lunar eclipse cools the moon's surface. It's this abrupt cooling — from the heat of direct sunlight to essentially a deep freeze — that researchers studied.
The eclipse's totality lasted more than an hour.
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