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The ‘Super Bowl of moons’ greets Charlotte dawn

Time lapse of historic Super Blue Moon over Charlotte skyline

Early on Wednesday morning the Charlotte area saw the second super moon of the month making it a blue moon. In addition to that there was an eclipse of the moon beginning about 5:50AM.
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Early on Wednesday morning the Charlotte area saw the second super moon of the month making it a blue moon. In addition to that there was an eclipse of the moon beginning about 5:50AM.

Charlotteans on Wednesday morning glimpsed a lunar trifecta that hasn’t happened in more than 150 years.

The “super blue blood moon eclipse,” dubbed by one NASA scientist the “Super Bowl of moons,” had three parts.

A super moon is the term for when a full moon is closest to Earth in its orbit, making it appeal larger and brighter than usual. The full moon Wednesday was also the second of the month, making it a blue moon. There was also a total lunar eclipse, although it was best visible in Asia, New Zealand and Australia.

On the East coast, the darkest part of Earth’s shadow on the moon began at 6:48 a.m., but the moon set less than a half-hour later. The next lunar eclipse visible in North America will be on Jan. 21, 2019.

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