Rare 'Super Blue Blood Moon' due tomorrow

Jan 31, 2018, 08:42
Rare 'Super Blue Blood Moon' due tomorrow

The astronomical spectacle projected for Wednesday morning happens once in a blue moon.

Partial eclipse begins at: 6:48 a.m.

The first lunar eclipse of the year 2018 will be visible on Wednesday, January 31st.

It's the flawless mashup with the full moon on its closest orbit to earth, and earth's shadow covering up the face of the moon. This event is known as a Blue Moon, according to Fox 5 DC.

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In Asia, the Super Blue Blood Moon can be viewed at moonrise, according to NASA's website.

The technical name for this phenomenon is perigee syzygy, or simply, new or full moon at perigee. This first supermoon of the year was also known as a Wolf Moon and, as it rose across Britain, appeared 14% bigger and 30% brighter in the sky. Blood moons happen when the Earth is passing between our Sun and the moon, and it gives the moon a slightly orangish or reddish hue due to the way light bends around our planet before hitting the moon. Unfortunately, much of South America, Africa, and Europe will miss out since it will be daytime when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow. However, you might still feel worn out and even experience headaches because of the lunar eclipse. The total phase of the eclipse will last 1 hour and 16 minutes. But, you'll have to rise early to see it best. "Set your alarm early and go out and take a look". It is also a "blue moon", not because of its color, but because it is the second full moon of the month.

What will the total lunar eclipse look like?

The last total lunar eclipse occurred September 27-28, 2015.

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The eclipse can also come off as brown, yellow or orange, depending on what types of dust particles are floating around in Earth's atmosphere at the time of the eclipse.

The moon will be setting during the eclipse along the east coast, which means you won't see the entire eclipse.

No, this isn't like the solar eclipse, where the threat of vision damage spurred many purchases of eclipse glasses.

Late on Wednesday night, stargazers in some parts of the country will be able to feast their eyes on a total lunar eclipse, coinciding with both a supermoon and a blue moon.

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"The farther west you are, the higher the moon will be in the predawn sky when the eclipse starts - and the more of it you'll see", said Diana Hannikainen, an observing editor for Sky & Telescope.

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