How This Week's Rare Super Blue Blood Moon Will Affect You — And How To Make Sure You See It!

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What Is A Super Blue Blood Moon, Where Can You See It, And How Will It Effect You?
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This is the first one in 152 years!

Whether you're someone who follows horoscopes, astrology and zodiac-related events or you're just a fan of a beautiful moonlit sky, you definitely want to mark your calendar with a reminder to head outside and take a look up during the early morning hours on January 31, 2018, because, for the first time since 1886 (to spare you the math, that's 152 years), we here on Earth will be able to view a rare total lunar eclipse known as a "super blue blood moon"! 

No, this isn't something made up by your sage-burning freshman year roommate from Colorado. It is a true, scientifically monitored "grand astronomical event."

(My mom even knows about it and is interested in it, and this is the woman who wouldn't let me dress up as a witch for Halloween when I was little because she didn't want me to "get ideas.") 

 

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If you are wondering to yourself, "What is a super blue blood moon, anyway?" you are certainly not alone.

Essentially, the term is a catchall phrase for the co-occurrence of three separate lunar events: a "supermoon," a "blue moon," and a "blood moon," all happening at the exact same time. 

Here's a closer look at what each of these moon phases mean:

1. What is a supermoon?

The moon doesn't travel in a perfect circle when it orbits the Earth, and therefor it sometimes comes closer to us than it does at other times. When a full moon comes especially close to the Earth, it's called a supermoon, or a "perigee" full moon, whereas when it travels further away, it is called an "apogee."

When in this position in our night sky, the moon can appear to be as much as 30 percent significantly brighter than an average full moon. 

 

2. What is a blood moon?

A blood moon occurs is the result of a total lunar eclipse during which the Earth, sun, and moon align in such a way that sunlight scatters away from the moon as it passes through the Earth's atmosphere, leaving the colors of the Earth itself reflected by the moonlight and causing it to glow a dusky brownish-red. 

 

3. What is a blue moon?

Sorry to be the one to break the news, but the moon never actually turns blue. A blue moon is simply an full moon that happens to be the second full moon within one calendar month. Sometime calendar years have more blue moons than others. The last occurred in July of 2015, and the next one is due remarkably soon on March 31, 2018. 

 

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If you want to see the full splendor of the upcoming super blue blood moon yourself, you must live in the western United States, Australia, Canada, Asia, or Russia. 

If you live in the eastern United States, Eastern Europe, India, or Scandinavia, you will be able to see a partial eclipse, which is still pretty darn amazing if you ask me! 

In order to catch the moon looking it's biggest, brightest and most colorful, check out the sky just after after the sun has set and the moon is at its lowest point in the sky.

That's when it when its size and other interesting aspects will appear most fascinating to the human eye. 

Now that we've covered the basics, let's take a look at what the super blue blood moon and its components may affect you. 

Myths, legends, and religious prophesies have been based around the moon's mysterious phases since life as we know it began here on Earth, and blood moons are considered by many spiritualists to play a particularly critical role in foretelling the fate of mankind. 

The Blood Moon Prophecy, as it's known, is "a series of apocalyptic beliefs promoted by Christian ministers John Hagee and Mark Biltz, which state that a tetrad (a series of four consecutive lunar eclipses — coinciding on Jewish holidays — with six full moons in between, and no intervening partial lunar eclipses) which began with the April 2014 lunar eclipse is a sign of the beginning of the end times as described in the Bible in the Book of Joel, Acts 2:20 and Revelation 6:12."

The particular verse in question reads:

"The sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes." 

Thankfully, neither astronomers don't tend to follow or endorse this line of thinking.

"In fact," notes an article in Live Science, "a host of studies over the years have aimed at teasing out any statistical connection between the moon — particularly the full moon — and human biology or behavior. The majority of sound studies find no connection, while some have proved inconclusive, and many that purported to reveal connections turned out to involve flawed methods or have never been reproduced.

Reliable studies comparing the lunar phases to births, heart attacks, deaths, suicides, violence, psychiatric hospital admissions and epileptic seizures, among other things, have over and over again found little or no connection."

And according to astrologers, full moons are the periods in time when the moon has access to its most powerful energy. They believe an event as significant as a super blue blood moon is the perfect time to uncover serious truths and make important changes or transitions for the better. 

Expect all aspects of your life to be open to sudden and exciting transformation and/or revelations that have seemed long past due.

Regardless of what you might believe, a super blue blood moon is a rare and important time for the worlds of science and spirituality. Don't miss it! 

 

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Rebecca Jane Stokes is a sex, humor and lifestyle writer living in Brooklyn, New York with her cat, Batman. She hosts the sex, love, and dating advice show, Becca After Dark on YourTango's Facebook Page every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:15 pm Eastern. For more of her work, check out her Tumblr

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