RARE EVENT: Super Blue Blood Moon

by Fredrick Graves January 25, 2018, 0:58
RARE EVENT: Super Blue Blood Moon

The term "blue moon" refers to the second full moon in a single month.

A total lunar eclipse happens when Earth's shadow completely covers the moon, .

The eclipse starts around 3:51 a.m.

The Earth will be treated to a hat trick of wonderful lunar sights on January 31, when a blue moon, total lunar eclipse, and supermoon will all take place on the same day. A lunar eclipse occurs about twice a year while there are about 2 ½ years between blue moons.

"Weather permitting, the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii will have a spectacular view of totality from start to finish", Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters, said in a statement. Areas on either side of this shadow are a bit darkened, where some sunlight is bent around the Earth's atmosphere.

But don't expect to see a blue colored moon in the sky.

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But we have good news for everyone hoping to catch the blood moon 2018: The super blue blood moon can be seen from anywhere as long as it's nighttime.

However this will sadly not be visible from the United Kingdom because the eclipse will occur over the Eastern Hemisphere. "The eclipse begins at 5:51 a.m. ET, as the Moon is about to set in the western sky, and the sky is getting lighter in the east". For example, if an eclipse takes place shortly after a volcanic eruption, the particles in the atmosphere will make the moon look darker than usual. Sometimes, the moon passes through the lighter part of Earth's shadow, causing a penumbral eclipse.

If you don't catch the one at Kozhikode, you can head to the Priyadarshini Planetarium in the Kerala Science and Technology Museum (KSSTM) in Thiruvananthapuram, which in addition to setting up telescopes for public viewing, will also conduct awareness classes with an astrophysicist.

The last lunar eclipse (a partial eclipse) was on August 7, 2017. This is how National Geographic explains it: "Earth's dark shadow will slowly creep over the bright lunar disk as the planet moves between the sun and the moon". The blue moon designation has nothing to do with color.

When is the next lunar eclipse?

The last time a total lunar eclipse was visible in Miami was on December 21, 2010, which also happened to be the winter solstice - a rare event that hadn't happened since 1638.

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