Super blue moon lunar eclipse to take place January 31

James Marshall
January 29, 2018

Hyderabad, Jan 29 The total lunar eclipse on Wednesday would be visible from India with the moon taking a red brown glow, also called the "Blood Moon", the BM Birla Science Centre's Director, BG Sidharth, said here today.

To complete the trifecta, this super blue moon will also coincide with a lunar eclipse, or blood moon.

Testin said the next blue moon total lunar eclipse will happen on December 31, 2028. When the moon comes in the shadow of the Earth it is called a lunar eclipse.

The second definition of a blue moon says it is the third full moon in a season in which there are four moons, which happens about every 2.7 years.

The extremely rare event will see three lunar events take place at once - creating quite the spectacle.

The next blue moon eclipse?

The lunar eclipse will be visible before sunrise on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Because January already saw the New Year's Day supermoon, the next will be a blue moon. "It's also aligned with the sun, so there could be places where the moon is just reaching into the earth's shadow, so you'll get a lunar eclipse".

Both combined make it a super blue blood moon.

"The Earth has a much bigger shadow than the moon, so that's why lunar eclipses are a little more common".

Supermoons will occur when the moon is less than 360,000 kilometres away from the Earth and no specific equipment is required to see this phenomenon.

By now, you're probably aware of the upcoming "Super Moon" on Wednesday.

This is the first time, in a long time, that an eclipse will occur simultaneously as a super moon, causing the eclipse to appear closer and bigger. The moon, however, will not appear to be color blue despite the name of the occurrence. The super moon appears larger because it's six per cent closer to the earth and 14 per cent brighter.

A determined star-gazer would need to drive to Portland, Maine, where clear skies are predicted, because the cloud cover should extend from Pittsfield, Mass., to Pittsburgh, Pa. According to American astronomer Phil Plait, the term has traditionally referred to an "extra" full moon, where a year which normally has 12 full moons gets 13 instead. The totality phase ends about 6:05 a.m.

NASA shared that if you miss the lunar eclipse, you'll have to wait nearly another year for the next opportunity in North America.

Weather permitting, eclipse fans in Hawaii will experience the lunar eclipse from start to finish, as will skywatchers in Alaska, Australia and eastern Asia.

Even though a full moon is sometimes associated with madness and lunacy, there's no evidence that it actually has any effect on humans.

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