What is a Blood Moon?


Skylar Sakonyi, Senior Staff Writer

With October just around the corner, fall is appearing quickly in its best, pumpkin-flavored form. Halloween is a big event in the lives of Hubbard students. “I love being able to dress up every year,” says sophomore Haylee Brady. With all things spooky showing up in the lives of students, the term “blood moon” doesn’t sound out of the ordinary. Although it may sound like the title of the newest horror movie, according to online sources, a blood moon is a real phenomenon. The crimson-looking moon is the effect of a total lunar eclipse; a period of time when the Earth is between the sun and the moon. In this position, Earth’s shadow blocks the light from the sun that usually illuminates the moon. It would make sense for the moon to disappear when this happens; however, an eerie, rust-colored moon takes its place. This is because of a sensation called “Rayleigh scattering”, where the sun’s light shines through Earth’s atmosphere, states sources. Colors like red and orange tend to have longer wavelengths, so they bend around the Earth and show themselves on the moon’s surface.

This phenomenon happens about twice a year, and the red moon can be seen from more than half of the continent every time it comes around. The next blood moon is coming this winter, on January 29, 2019, and will be fully visible from the Americas. This is great news to students like Hubbard senior Elisabeth Krinos, who has never witnessed the ethereal image in person. “I would love to see a blood moon because I love to watch the moon in general; I even have a moon tracking app on my phone!” Says Krinos.

This cherry-colored moon may have more of an effect on people than one would think. Astrologically, lunar eclipses are said to bring heavy emotions. Final endings in projects, relationships, issues, etc., may come during this time. It also brings attention to how time passes. When January 21 rolls around, students all over Hubbard High School may be discussing how quickly the first semester came and went. Senior Sydney Stubrich knows this feeling. “It’s already the fourth week of school, and it feels like we just started yesterday,” she says.

Now that the amazing phenomenon has been explained, keep an eye out for the miraculous sight that is the next blood moon!



  • https://www.astrologyzone.com/all-about-eclipses-a-guide-for-coping-with-them/
  • https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jul/25/blood-moon-all-you-need-to-know-about-this-weeks-lunar-eclipse
  • https://www.quora.com/What-causes-a-Blood-Moon
  • https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/why-does-moon-look-red-lunar-eclipse.html