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Q. What exactly was the “Super Blue Blood Moon” that occurred on January 31, 2018? 

A. The NASA web site gives a good explanation of this rare lunar phenomenon: “The Jan. 31 full moon was special for three reasons: it was the third in a series of ‘super moons,’ when the moon is closer to Earth in its orbit — known as perigee — and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It was also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a ‘blue moon.’ This super blue moon also passed through Earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. And while the moon was in the Earth’s shadow it took on a reddish tint, known as a ‘blood moon.’

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