Photo of the January 31 super blue blood lunar eclipse over Lake LaSalle and Baird Point.

Lunar trifecta

University Communications photographer Meredith Forrest Kulwicki captured a rare phenomenon over Baird Point on Jan. 31: the super blue blood moon. It occurs when a super moon, blue moon and lunar eclipse all occur at the same time. A blue moon is a second full moon in one month, and a super moon occurs when the moon is as close to the Earth as it gets, appearing bigger and brighter than usual. And a blood moon takes place when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow during the lunar eclipse, giving it a reddish tint.

Published February 2, 2018