Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

'Super Blue Blood Moon' to occur next week

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| 25 January, 2018, 00:55

The last day of January will bring a rare treat for skygazers: It's a full moon, but the second one in one calendar month, so it becomes a blue moon.

According to SPACE, this will be the first time in over 150 years that a total lunar eclipse will coincide with a Blue Moon in North America.

The super blue moon eclipse is the first of only two total lunar eclipses for 2018.

Since a second full moon in a single month is often called a blue moon, next week's phenomenon could be nicknamed a "super blue blood moon". However, residents along the west coast will have a good view as well.

Like the Earth, half the moon is illuminated by the sun at any one time. Super Blue Blood Moon will make its appearance in the sky.

Speaking to the Times of India, Jayant Ganguli, a technical officer at the Regional Science Centre and Planetarium in Kozhikode said, "The partial shadow on the moon would be seen at 4:21 pm, while the complete lunar eclipse would be visible at 6:21 pm". If things are just right, the moon passes through that shadow.

Why does it look red?

Johnston adds that the country's Eastern time zone will have the most trouble seeing the eclipse on January 31, which begins at 5:51 a.m. ET.

What causes a lunar eclipse? reported that Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David's Tomb on Mont Zion told Breaking Israel News the Super Blue Blood Moon is significant with world events. citing U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement of plans to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the city as the capital of Israel. All of that means that the moon will appear to us as if it darkens as it travels across the night sky, until it's at its darkest when it's aligned perfectly in the shadow of the Earth.

At about 4:51 a.m. the lighter part of the Earth's shadow, referred to as the penumbra, will touch the moon, and around 6:15 a.m. the Earth will cast a red-hued shadow that will be clearly visible on the moon. The blue moon designation has nothing to do with color.

"So your best open door on the off chance that you live in the East is to head outside around 6:45 a.m. [EST] and get to a high place to watch the begin of the overshadowing - ensure you have a reasonable observable pathway to the skyline in the west-northwest, inverse from where the sun will rise", Johnston said.

When is the next lunar eclipse?


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