An astronomical event decades in the making had everyone watching the sky Wednesday morning. On the East Coast, the super blue blood moon set around 7 a.m., but on the West Coast, skygazers had to set their alarms for at least 5 a.m. to see the show.
There was a lot packed into this event. It was a super moon because it turned full at the closest point to Earth in its orbit, known as perigee, appearing slightly bigger and about 14 percent brighter than normal. It was a blue moon because it is the second full moon occurring within the same month. And, most importantly, it was a blood moon because it passed through the Earth’s shadow in a lunar eclipse, which gave the moon a red hue.