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Story and photos by Robert Gehr

January 31, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- Many of us were treated to a special, once in a lifetime event if we were awake and looking towards the western sky during the early morning hours. Did you see it?

It was a Super Blood Moon, with an Eclipse adding to the mystique. Can you imagine what early humans thought during these moon phases?

A Super Moon occurs when the moon is at its closest point in orbit to earth. A Blood Moon occurs during a full lunar eclipse.  So this was a rare convergence of the two.

I felt blessed to awaken (without an alarm) around the moment the moon was glowing a deep blood red color and proceeded to photograph it at various times until it was fully enveloped in the dark depths of the eclipse, which is what lends cause to the reddish effect we see. Spectacular!

The last event similar to this one occurred 150 years ago. I’d say this was a once in a lifetime event, and we were privileged to witness the beauty it brought to our eyes.

Are you interested in full moons? This year will bring many more for your viewing pleasure - including a blue moon *

2018 calendar Schedule:

March 2nd - full moon (warm)

March 31st - full moon (warm/blue) *

April 30th - full moon (pink)

May 29th - full moon (flower)

June 28th - full moon (strawberry)

July 27th - full moon (thunder)

August 26th - full moon (sturgeon)

September 25th - full moon (harvest)

October 24th - full moon (hunters)

November 23rd - full moon (frost)

December 22nd - full moon (cold)

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