NASA stream of January 2018 supermoon


Miss the Super Blue Blood Moon? NASA livestreamed the whole thing

The lunar event hasn't occurred since 1866.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Published Jan 31, 2018   Updated May 22, 2021, 2:40 am CDT

If you were up early enough Wednesday morning you may have caught a lunar event the world hasn’t seen in more than 150 years. If you didn’t, NASA helpfully broadcast it for the world to see.

NASA called the lunar event a Super Blue Blood Moon, which is the convergence of three lunar events at once: a blue moon, which is when two full moons occur in the same month; a supermoon, which is when the moon’s orbit brings it closer to Earth and appears larger; and a total lunar eclipse, in which the earth blocks the sun and is also called a blood moon because the moon turns red during that time. 

While those on the East Coast could view the Super Blue Blood Moon starting at 5:51am, gazers further west had a far better view as well as a longer one before the sun rose. For those who couldn’t view the lunar event, NASA provided a handy livestream that checked in with telescopes and observatories all over the country as the Super Blue Blood Moon took place.

The view varied based on where the telescopes were located and how far into the event you tuned in, but one point viewers could clearly see a large red moon outside their windows or from their laptops. 

Even some of NASA’s other social media accounts got in on the fun.

You can check out the full livestream on Periscope.

Fortunately, the next major event isn’t too far into the future. According to NASA, the next multi-lunar event—a supermoon and a lunar eclipse—will take place on Jan. 21, 2019.

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*First Published: Jan 31, 2018, 10:24 am CST