Despite clouds, parts of Hawaii got rare glimpse of super blue blood moon

Despite clouds, parts of Hawaii got rare glimpse of super blue blood moon

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - What was meant to be a showstopper in Hawaii ended up to be hindered by clouds for much of the state, but it was still a spectacular show across some of the U.S. mainland and other parts of the world.

If you don't know, it was a celestial show that hasn't happened in 150 years — and won't happen again until 2037.

It's being called a blue moon total lunar eclipse because it's happening during a blue moon — or the second full moon of a month.

It started about 1:48 a.m. Wednesday -- with the start of a lunar eclipse -- followed by a total eclipse. Because of its location and time zone, Hawaii was supposed to get a great view of of the total eclipse -- but the clouds blocked the view from most places. Yet, when the clouds cleared, it proved to be a stunning sight.

(The first full moon on New Year's was a supermoon, or a full moon that's closer to the Earth and so looks much larger and brighter.)

The moon on Wednesday was also a supermoon, but not quite as close to Earth as the one on Jan. 1.

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The blue moon lunar eclipse wasn't visible everywhere. North America, Asia, the Pacific, and Oceania got to see it.

"I'm calling it the Super Bowl of moons," lunar scientist Noah Petro said Monday from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Others prefer "super blue blood moon." says the last time there was a total eclipse of a blue moon was on March 31, 1866.

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