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Super Blue Blood Moon 2018

Super Blue Blood Moon 2018

When this super blue moon passes through the Earth's shadow, resulting in a total lunar eclipse, it takes on a reddish tint, hence the name "blood moon". NASA is calling it a since it's a combination of three distinct events.

UNLV astrophysicist Jason Steffen has the skinny on what it is, why it's a big deal, and what we'll be able to see in Las Vegas. (Ruaraidh Gillies/Wikimedia Commons)When can I see the supermoon and total lunar eclipse?

"Lunar eclipses are a great opportunity to see the moon in full detail and to understand why some ancient civilizations knew thousands of years ago that the Earth was round", said De Leo-Winkler, who is organizing the lunar observation together with UCR's Astronomy Club. Two or three times a year there is a closer meeting between the two bodies. However, the Moon goes below our horizon at 7:07 a.m., so the eclipse is over for us, at that time.

Scroll down to learn more about what exactly a super blue blood moon is and the best way to view it in the city. The light that reaches the moon appears red once reflected back to us on Earth. So, in essence, the moon is lit by the red sunset of the whole planet. We call that a supermoon.

During the phenomenon, the full moon appears about 14 percent and 30 percent brighter that it would during regular full moons. A full moon at perigee - closest to the earth - happens about once per year. You can decide for yourself how impressive that is. The second type is Monthly Blue Moon, known as the second Full Moon in a Georgian month as opposed to the usual one Full Moon. The moon orbits the Earth in an ellipse.

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People living in certain parts of the Western Hemisphere will be able to see a reddish and unusually large moon glowing on the celestial stage early in the morning on January 31.

This happened with our full moon earlier this month on January 1 and will again on January 31.

Dr Beshir Marzouk, the astronomy expert at QCH said two Blue Moons will happen during this year.

Think about it this way: You have two very big balls of rock that are passing by each other in an even more gigantic void of virtual emptiness. The institute also said the colour of the moon depends on the nature and quantity of the dust particles, water droplets and aerosols present in the earth's atmosphere during the time. The light is bent ever-so-slightly so that the red light converges on a point 200,000 miles away. In order for a full moon to earn the right to be called a super moon it has to be within 226,000 miles from Earth. What's not to be fascinated by? People in the United States will have to get up before dawn to see it - while the Middle East and Asia will share the more convenient evening show as Australia and New Zealand. The eclipse makes its appearance just before the sun comes up.

No special glasses are needed, though, and this lunar eclipse lasts more than an hour and 15 minutes, compared to only 2 minutes and 20 seconds for the total solar eclipse in 2017.


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