NASA Says 'Super Blue Blood Moon' Coming Wednesday, January 31

29 January, 2018, 02:39 | Author: Sam Montgomery
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A blue moon - is the song in your head yet? - is simply the second full moon in the same month. When this happens, as it will on January 31, the event is commonly referred to as a "blue" moon.

People in western Canada, California, Alaska, Hawaii, Australia and parts of eastern Asia will - weather permitting - see a full lunar eclipse (the blood moon) that is also a supermoon (when the moon is at its closest point to the Earth) and, somewhat lyrically, a second full moon in one month (the storied "blue moon").

Look up into the sky on Wednesday evening for the answer.

The sun, the Earth and the moon neatly line up during a lunar eclipse.

"You don't need any physical equipment to see it, and in most cases, you don't have to move from your home", said Andrew Fraknoi, emeritus astronomy professor at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. And unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is perfectly safe to watch in the night with the naked eye.

According to Space.com, the last total eclipse of a blue moon occurred just after the Civil War era in in March 1866.

To do this, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will attempt to map temperatures as the moon slips into the shadows.

"The eclipse will start at 6.51pm on Jan 31 when the Earth's penumbra start touching the moon's face, while at 7.48pm partial moon eclipse begins where the moon is getting red".

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"If you live in the Central time zone, viewing will be better, since the action begins when the Moon is higher in the western sky".

A lunar eclipse happens several times of year, so it's not that uncommon. Since the total eclipse happens right at moonset, it may be hard for people in western Kentucky to see it.

Rest assured, that doesn't mean you won't be able to enjoy the show. "Obviously, the farther west you go, the more likely you're going to be able to see it".

According to its Group Manager (Corporate Communications) Sam S. Karnail, YSG, together with the Sabah Stargazer Association, will be holding the event which provides an opportunity for the public to witness the total eclipse of the moon, expected to take five hours and 17 minutes.

"It disappears and then actually comes back and then disappears again", he said.

This is the first lunar occultation of the year and is special as it will overlap three different lunar events that include a blue moon, a super moon and a #Blood Moon.

It'll be a long wait for skywatchers in the United States as Johnston predicts the next visible lunar eclipse will be on January 21, 2019.

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