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Five Moon Names to Know for Successful Moongazing

What's the meaning behind moon names?

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Blood moon. Blue moon. Harvest moon. Supermoon. Each of these phrases refers to a distinct appearance of Earth's moon, corresponding with different lunar phases we see in the sky. So what exactly can these names, and “super blood wolf moon,” teach us?

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