I don't know about you, but I take sleeping pretty seriously. Therefore, I missed out on seeing the highly-anticipated super blue blood moon in the early hours of Tuesday, Jan. 31. Thankfully, Twitter is making me feel a little bit better about my loss. In fact, these super blue blood moon memes are totally cheering me up — even though I missed it.
Before we get into all of the hilarious memes about the lunar phenomenon, let's talk about what a super blue blood moon actually is. Based off it's name, it sounds kind of intimidating — but don't be fooled (it's not). The super blue blood moon just has a few different parts to it, because it's a blue moon, a lunar eclipse, and a supermoon at the same freaking time. To make the process of understanding a little bit easier, let's take each portion of its name one at a time.
First, let's talk about the word "super." When I hear the words "super" and "moon" in the same sentence, I automatically envision a gigantic, white sphere in the sky (naturally). However, it's much more than that. A supermoon occurs when a full moon is closest to Earth in a single orbit. However, the supermoon on Jan. 31 was extra special because it happened during a lunar eclipse.
So, what's a lunar eclipse, anyway? Basically, a lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes into the earth's shadow. That's it. Now, just imagine a supermoon moon going through a lunar eclipse (you understand the hype, right?). This was a huge deal for night owls and stargazers alike.
Last but not least, let's talk about the blue moon. A blue moon happens when a full moon occurs twice in the same month. In this instance, there was a full moon on Jan. 1, and another on Jan. 31. However, despite its name, no aspect of the moon was actually blue (I know, bummer). Instead, there were hues of red when the eclipse entered totality (that's where the "blood" name comes in).
Now that you're all a bunch of blue blood moon experts, let's get into the memes. You'll probably understand the humor now that you finally know what a super blue blood moon is.
Apparently, some people had trouble finding it.
The moon, on the other hand, was loving the attention.
Wait a second...
Some people are taking credit for inventing the super blue blood moon.
Others are turning into werewolves.
Some people didn't exactly get what they expected.
Sorry, ya'll. The moon wasn't that big.
Some folks had super high hopes of seeing the moon when they woke up.
Others were kind of bummed about setting their alarms.
Hey, kudos if you did set your alarm for the super blue blood moon. That shows serious dedication, and I admire it. And if you chose to sleep instead of witness the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, well, there's always Twitter to help you catch up. These photos of the super blue blood moon and eclipse will help you get yourself up to date with the entire ordeal.
Even so, photos of the super blue blood moon probably won't do it justice. The phenomenon happened for the first time in 150 years (dang), which means it was definitely a sight worth seeing. In case you're wondering, the super blue blood moon could be seen in the United States between 3:30 a.m and 7 a.m. on Jan. 31. Throughout the night, Twitter was amazed by the sight of the moon (understandably). Thanks to them, even those who didn't wake up for the big event got to experience the thrill of it (the memes helped, too).