Beyond the Weather: Super Blue Blood Moon

31 January, 2018, 10:52 | Author: Christina Harvey
  • What's this 'super blue blood moon'?

A supermoon is when a full moon coincides with the closest the moon gets to Earth during its orbit and appears bigger and brighter. The eclipse will give the moon a reddish colour giving it the name blood moon. The lunar eclipse component of these three aligned events is fascinating for astronomers since the rapid temperature changes that occur when the Earth blocks the direct light of the sun can reveal new aspects of the moon's surface. According to eclipse experts, "Super Blue Blood Moon" is coming first in 35 Years and will be a sight to behold.

Tomorrow the night sky will be the setting for three rare celestial events happening in combination. The total phase of the eclipse will last 1 hour and 16 minutes. The first full moon this month was January 1.

It should be noted that this will be the first time we have seen a Super Blue Blood Moon since 1866.

If the weather condition is excellent, then a citizen of Alaska, Australia, Eastern Asia and Hawaii can enjoy the whole lunar event process. The peak of the supermoon will actually occur early Tuesday morning, but NASA is still dubbing Wednesday morning's moon a supermoon.

While the moon is in the earth's shadow during the eclipse, it will take on a reddish tint, creating what is known as a "blood moon", the space agency said on its website. A blue moon is infrequent, but it also isn't as rare as you might think, as one happens every 2.7 years on average.

Blue Moon will be visible in India after two years and eight months.

A total lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes completely into Earth's shadow. Such a moon is known as blood moon. But if you still want to take a look early Wednesday morning, get outside sometime between 6 and 7 a.m. and have a look in the western sky.

At this point, it's going to be very low on the western horizon, so you're going to need a good unobstructed view to get a glimpse of the eclipse.


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