It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, NO, It’s a Supermoon


Camden Storey, Contributor

A “Super Blood Moon” is probably something you would expect to see at the end of October when the streets are full of tiny little vampires and the always present, scandalously dressed, Bumblebee. However, to the surprise and possible disappointment of most, it, in fact, occurred on the 27th of September- a time not that long ago when you could actually go out of your house after 10 pm in shorts and still not feel the cold creeping up your leg. A night that seems so far fetched on a chilly day such as this, might as well have been told to children at bedtime along with Hansel and Gretel.

There is a reason this day in particular held one of the most historic events in recent history. It is simply because up here in the Northern Hemisphere it’s time for the regular Harvest Moon, but this year there’s a twist. The regular harvest moon would just indicate that the moon is closest to the September Equinox. Although this moon just so happens to be the closest super moon of 2015, it gets even better than that. It is also a Blood Moon, meaning that it is the last eclipse of four by the moon in this past six lunar months. Thus when you add these occurrences together, you get the elusive Super Blood Moon.

This rare event had the impeccable timing of happening at 10:30 on a Sunday night, giving many kids just enough time to enjoy it with some friends for a solid 2 minutes before getting that nagging text from your mother telling you that you need to come home and get some sleep.

For someone such as Jessie, a high school junior, “The whole experience was quite a sight to be seen no matter how small the moon actually was. However, this all was amplified with the ability to share it with your friends.”

This experience was probably still fun, if you got it to spend it with your family around a fire or motivating, if you happened to look up from your studies and see it out your front window. You might have even shared the experience with your friends over in Greenland or South America, though the timing was determined by your spot on the Earth.

Hopefully, you got that amazing picture of the tiny red dot in the dark sky, which you will undoubtedly have to argue about what it is and whether you need it on your camera roll when its taking up the space of a great picture of your dinner in the future. Remember, this Super Blood Moon will not rise again for over thirty years and by that time, you will probably be paying $12.95 for front row seats on the moon itself.

More important than these pictures are the memories that will last us the rest of our lives. For some, it will be the last time they see an event of this complexity. Here you are left with a serious message for an event that seems easy to overlook- appreciate what you have in your life and enjoy every moment.