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How to watch the super blue blood moon, a once-in-a-lifetime event

Blood moons, also known as total lunar eclipses, take place about twice a year when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow, turning it an eerie, copper-hued color

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Rachel Tepper Paley | Bloomberg
A rare super blue blood moon is set to occur this Wednesday, Jan. 31, and stargazers are right to be (excuse the pun) over the moon about it. To understand their excitement, you’ll need to understand what’s happening, exactly. Even though the phrase “once in blue moon” suggests they’re rare, blue moons—the second full moon in a one-month period—are relatively frequent, taking place once every 2.7 years. Supermoons are full moons that occur at the closest possible point to Earth, making them appear slightly bigger and brighter, and grace us once every 14 months. And blood moons, also known as

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First Published: Jan 30 2018 | 8:50 AM IST

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