A series of three supermoons began on Sunday and will end with a super Blue Blood Moon on Jan. 31, giving what one rabbi explained is a triple-dose of divine judgment to “the haters of Israel” as the secular New Year comes in.
A supermoon occurs when the moon is at the part of its elliptical orbit that brings it closer to Earth, appearing up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than when it is viewed at its furthest point. On Sunday, Dec. 2, a supermoon was visible over the United States, and two more supermoons are expected over the course of the beginning of the new year.
The upcoming supermoon on the night of January 1st will mark when the moon at its closest point this year and will be the largest of the three supermoons.
The final supermoon of the trio will arrive on Jan. 31. It is also a “blue moon,” so called because it is the second full moon in a single calendar month. On average, blue moons happen every two and a half years. That supermoon will also feature a total lunar eclipse, with totality viewable during moonset from western North America across the Pacific to Eastern Asia.
The moon’s appearance will change during the eclipse, gradually getting darker and taking on a rusty or blood-red color, making the astronomical spectacle a super-blue “blood moon.”
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