Once in a Blue Moon

Once in a Blue Moon

By Ava McLaughlin

FAKE NEWS: The 'Blue Moon' on January 31st, 2018 will be red, there won't be blood, why is it even super?...and other misleading yet interesting things you should know about tomorrow’s special moon.

Sayings such as “once in a blue moon” create a social connotation that a blue moon is to be considered rare and extraordinary, but is it? Or rather, what is it?

Tomorrow, January 31, 2018, at 5:51 AM EST, a special and truly rare blue moon will be passing right over New York City, and will move on to the rest of the world. A blue moon is the second full moon of each calendar month in the year which happens approximately every 2.7 years. So, a blue moon isn’t really that common, but it also isn’t really that rare, sorry for the letdown. However, there is something to be excited about. 

Tomorrow will be a triple threat including a blood moon, a super moon, and a, semi-rare, blue moon all in one. A blood moon, alone, is when the moon is in total eclipse appearing reddish in color as it is illuminated by sunlight refracted by the earth's atmosphere, explaining why tomorrow’s ‘blue moon’ will be red instead. A super moon is when the moon appears particularly large in the sky owing to its closest proximity to the earth. Tomorrow will be the first time the blue, blood, and super moon occur at the same time in 150 years! Now that’s something to be over the moon about, even for a few moments at 5:51 in the morning.

But why should we care about this moon? What kind of effects will this astrological phenomena have on us?

There are many spiritual superstitions about what this three in one moon means. One theory is the belief that blood moons are linked to a prophecy predicting the world coming to an end brought on by the Lord coming back down to earth. There are some theories that are, thankfully, much lighter than this. Blue moons have a romantic place in pop culture, especially among astrologists. These astrologists have in mind that this full moon will bring the highest lunar energy affecting not only the tides and gravity, but zodiac characteristics. When this rare eclipse occurs, it will, supposedly, reveal what is hidden about you according to your respective zodiac sign, so prepare to do some soul searching and cleansing this week. This moon is also spoken to be a sort of 'spiritual microphone' amplifying any current efforts you're attempting to fulfill. 

Pro-Tip: If you take advantage of this trifecta's energy tomorrow, you may be seeing it's spiritual effects into February and maybe even beyond.

No one would get a better experience of this holy trinity, however, than if you were standing on the moon looking out at earth, as contradictory as that sounds. You would be able to see the earth’s shadow completely consuming you and the moon. You would also see the glow of the sunrises and sunsets on earth all at the same time. Obviously this view isn’t attainable for everyone, but it’s still pretty fascinating to think about.

This blue moon may not be blue, there may not be blood, and maybe it's super (?), but it is definitely still a special sight. Tune into NASA TV tomorrow for live coverage of the entire celestial triple threat.

 © Carolyn Blackwood

© Carolyn Blackwood

 " Astronaut Edwin Aldrin prepares to deploy EASEP on surface of moon " Image courtesy of NASA

"Astronaut Edwin Aldrin prepares to deploy EASEP on surface of moon" Image courtesy of NASA

  "Apollo 8 Mission image, Earth over the horizon of the moon "  Image courtesy of NASA

"Apollo 8 Mission image, Earth over the horizon of the moon"

Image courtesy of NASA

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