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A Super Blue Blood Moon Is Coming

A Super Blue Blood Moon Is Coming

The lunar eclipse makes the moon look red. While it has no special astronomical significance, the view in the sky is striking as the usually whiteish moon becomes red or ruddy-brown. On that day, one can experience seeing a supermoon, blood moon and a blue moon total lunar eclipse.

You can check when the lunar eclipse begins for your city here.

If you miss the January 31 lunar eclipse, you'll have to wait nearly another year for the next opportunity in North America. Both of these eclipses will be total too.

Some off the best places to watch the eclipse include Russia, Asia, Australia as well as parts of the U.S. and northeastern Europe.

January 19, 2019: Total eclipse.

July 16, 2019: Partial eclipse. Check out the 2018 moon phases below.

1_24_Total lunar eclipse

According to KHOU, this rare event will occur on January 31.

A supermoon refers to a full or new moon that is close to the earth (3.56 lakh kms), where the moon appears 14% larger and 40% brighter. However, at times the planes coincide.

The lunar obscuration will start in the Rocky Mountain district around 4:48 a.m. MST, as the darker piece of Earth's inward shadow covers the moon. Only seasoned skywatchers will be able to tell the difference, because the moon only darkens very slightly.

During a full eclipse, however, something spectacular happens. By about 6:15 a.m., the Earth's reddish shadow will be clearly noticeable on the moon.

"We're seeing all of the Earth's sunrises and sunsets at that moment reflected from the surface of the moon", said Sarah Noble, a program scientist at NASA headquarters. The gas molecules of Earth's atmosphere scatter bluer wavelengths of light from the sun, while redder wavelengths pass straight through. Thus the "super blue moon". No, the moon won't appear both red and blue. "The whole character of the moon changes when we observe with a thermal camera during an eclipse", said Paul Hayne of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado-Boulder, the HT report said.

If you want to know the best time to catch the blood moon 2018 in your area, Space.com has broken down a viewing guide by area so everyone can enjoy the super blue blood moon. There are roughly two to four lunar eclipses every year, according to NASA, and each one is visible over about half the Earth.

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