PHOTOS: Super blue blood moon dances across Florida skies

By Angie Angers, Reporter
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 8:23 PM EST

Floridians got a treat from Earth's closest neighbors: a super blue blood moon.

Just before sunrise on Wednesday, Jan. 31, the moon appeared big, bright and blooming red.

It is a spectacular and rare moon that has not come around in 35 years. Dubbed a super blue blood moon, it is a trifecta of lunar events.

The "super" stands for supermoon. On Wednesday, the moon made its closest approach to Earth and appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than normal.


Dubbed a super blue blood moon, it is a trifecta of lunar events. (NASA)

The "blue" refers to it being the second full moon in the month of January.

The "blood" part is not a scientific term, but refers to a total lunar eclipse when the moon takes on a reddish color.

"Each one of these things by itself is a little rare. You don't see it all the time, but the three in combination is very rare," said NASA scientist Dr. Jake Bleacher.

In the Bay Area, many saw the beginning of the eclipse around 6:45 a.m. While it is not the prime spot to be, Bleacher says to find a clear spot away from trees and people should have been able to catch a partial eclipse.

In the Central Florida area, the super blue moon started three minutes later.

If you missed it on Wednesday, it will be 19 years until this triple threat will be visible again.