This past Sunday the Sun, the Earth, and the moon lined up perfectly for about one hour and 12 minutes forming the famous Super Blood Moon. The phenomenon started off at 10:11 pm ET and peaked at 10:47 pm ET with the whole sphere showered in a reddish hue.
“You’re basically seeing all of the sunrises and sunsets across the world, all at once, being reflected off the surface of the moon,” said Dr. Sarah Noble, a program scientist at NASA.
The reddish tint of the moon caused by the eclipse was visible throughout most of North America as well as South America, Europe, West Asia and parts of Africa.
Coastal towns everywhere braced for the highest ‘super tides’ in 19 years because of the stronger-than-usual gravitational pull coming from the moon and the Sun’s aligning on one side of the Earth.
Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida reported high tides and flooding in their coastal towns. Though there have not been any disasters, high pressure is still expected for the next 10 days.
This curiosity last happened in 1982 and won’t happen again for another 18 years. The Super Blood Moon is seen when the moon is closest to Earth and a lunar eclipse happens at the same time. These two occurrences aren’t very rare individually, but they do not align often.
(photo credits: Stephanie Brito)