With a combination of a lunar eclipse, a blood moon, and a super moon, sky gazers were treated this morning to a super blue blood moon. At Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, researchers set up a live stream, which allowed viewers to gain a new perspective of the moon. This live stream was transferred to NASA.
Travis Deyoe, a program presenter at the SkyCenter, says being able to have NASA pick up the stream is a great way to launch the SkyCenter's content to the rest of the world.
This incredibly rare moon hovered less than 10 degrees above the western horizon this morning, giving off a red hue. This is due to the way the atmosphere manipulates lights. Deyoe says, "In effect, you're seeing every single sunset and every single sunrise hitting the moon all at the same time."
While this lunar eclipse is certainly uncommon, it is also different than other lunar eclipses witnessed in the past by the SkyCenter. Deyoe says, "This was actually the dimmest lunar eclipse I've seen."?
In addition to Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, live stream views also came from telescopes at Griffith Observatory and NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California.
The next lunar eclipse will happen next January. The next super blue blood moon? Not until 2037.