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Image shows January 31 Super Blue Blood Moon starting the lunar eclipse over NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center's mission support building located in California.

NASA/Carla Thomas2018-01-31

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California's NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center photographer Carla Thomas takes photos on January 31 of the rare opportunity to capture a supermoon, a blue moon and a lunar eclipse at the same time. A supermoon occurs when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit and appearing 14 percent brighter than usual. As the second full moon of the month, this moon is also commonly known as a blue moon, though it will not be blue in appearance. The super blue moon passed through Earth's shadow and took on a reddish tint, known as a blood moon. This total lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and a full moon form a near-perfect lineup in space. The Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its umbra (shadow).

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  • Title: Image shows January 31 Super Blue Blood Moon starting the lunar eclipse over NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center's mission support building located in California.
  • Creator: NASA/Carla Thomas
  • Date Created: 2018-01-31
  • Location: AFRC
  • Rights: AFRC
  • Album: csthomas

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