SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – A rare moon rising decades in the making fizzled at first but ended with an astronomical bang!
Utahns gathered at the South Physics Observatory on the University of Utah campus to catch a rare glimpse of the Super Blue Blood Moon.
We’re at the South Physics Observatory with @ABC4GMU waiting for the clouds to clear for an astronomical view of the #superbluebloodmoon! Come join us. @abc4utah @UofUPhysAstro pic.twitter.com/6OHzg5DXYV— University of Utah (@UUtah) January 31, 2018
For most of the morning the lunar trifecta was blocked by a thick layer of clouds. After three hours of hoping and wishing for the clouds to dissipate, most of the people left the observatory. But for the few who waited around, they were finally able to witness something that hasn’t been seen in the Western Hemisphere for 152 years — the Super Blue Blood Moon.
“It’s awesome,” said Austin King, an Undergraduate Student at the University of Utah. “I really like seeing people get excited about things in astronomy. When the solar eclipse happened people were losing their minds over it.”
The next Super Blue Blood Moon will be in 2026.