LOOK: 'Super blue blood moon' wows Pinoys


Posted at Jan 31 2018 09:49 PM

MANILA - Skywatchers across the Philippines on Thursday went outdoors to observe the rare occurrence of a supermoon, blue moon, and a blood moon in one night.

A "supermoon" is a full moon that appears around 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than the usual full moon. It appears when the moon orbits closest to Earth during its full phase.

A blue moon is the second full moon in a month, while a blood moon is seen when a full moon temporarily turns red during a total lunar eclipse due to the refraction of sunlight.

PAGASA earlier said the "super blue blood moon" can be seen for about 2 hours, between 8:51 p.m. and 10:07 p.m. Wednesday.

The last time the super blue blood moon was observed in the Philippines was on December 30, 1982. The last time this was seen in the US was in 1866, PAGASA said.