Need a distraction during these stay-at-home times? Look up tonight to see the first supermoon of spring.
- A supermoon occurs when the moon comes unusually close to Earth and simultaneously appears full.
- The 'super pink moon' won't actually appear pink; the name comes from North American wildflowers that bloom in spring.
- You can watch it live through The Virtual Telescope Project.
While millions catch a glimpse of a rare lunar event, NASA plans to shut down an orbiter whose purpose is to study the moon.
A rare combination of lunar events—a lunar eclipse, blue moon, and “supermoon"—will coincide on January 31, creating what news outlets are calling a “super blue blood moon". It seems like it'd be the perfect time for NASA's primary lunar spacecraft to get to work.