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What's the big deal about the super blue blood moon?

31 January, 2018, 06:11 | Author: Samuel Sharp
  • What's the big deal about the super blue blood moon?

It all coincides with a total lunar eclipse, which is called a "blood moon" when the moon is in the Earth's shadow and takes on a reddish tint.

Blue Moon - second full moon of the same month.

The eclipse will enter its total phase after the moon has set along the East Coast of the U.S. The lower the Sun is in the sky, the more refraction there is, and thus more colours are "removed", until it is only the oranges and reds that are left to continue on.

Then at 6:51 a.m. the Earth will totally eclipse the moon, and the best time to see the eclipse is at 7:13 am.

Memphis, Tennessee; Little Rock, Arkansas; Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas and Oklahoma City will enjoy both a clear sky and the total lunar eclipse.

Stargazers in the North East will get to see the event between 4:21 pm and 5:18 pm whereas the Rest of India will be able to see the Super Blue Blood Moon between 5:18 pm and 6:21 pm.

In the Central Florida area, the Super Blue Moon will start three minutes later.

THE best way to see tonight's total lunar eclipse will be with a deckchair and some binoculars at 2.30am.


The old saying "once in a blue moon" is usually interpreted as something that may never occur or rarely happens.

"The super moon happens whenever the moon in its orbit around the Earth gets closer to the Earth", Parsons said. It can appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter to the naked eye.

The world is about to witness a "super blue blood moon" on Wednesday morning, the first since September 2015. The moon doesn't orbit Earth in a ideal circle - it's an ellipse, which means there are times during the orbit that it is thousands of miles closer to Earth than others.

Then there is "blood moon", a relatively new expression.

But those who are not in the path of totality, or who are experiencing cloudy weather, may catch it anyway, via a live stream broadcast on NASA.gov. Since the Earth's shadow is larger than the moon, the eclipse will last for more than an hour, starting at 5:51 a.m. and ending at 7:07 a.m.

During this astronomical event, the full moon will appear to turn red (a "blood moon") as it travels through the ruddy shadow of Earth.

Another will happen on January 31, 2037, a total of 17 hours before perigee.

If you have a telescope, Day recommends bringing it out and checking out the moon's surface under the lunar eclipse's "red filter" and the supermoon's extra-close, extra-bright conditions.

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