Why Wednesday's Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse Is So Special

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Super blue blood moon: what time you can see the celestial event in Perth, WA?
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31 January, 2018

"Why it turns orange is that the sunlight refracts Earth, through Earth's atmosphere, onto the moon... just like we see these lovely red sunsets".

Blue Moons are defined as the second full moon in a calendar month. According to the reports, Moon will be seen 14% brighter and 30% larger compared to other days. "Weather permitting, the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii will have a spectacular view of totality from start to finish". Mainly because it's best viewed as it descends from the night's sky.

In a total lunar eclipse, the full moon is completely obscured by Earth's shadow, making it seem blood red during its partial phase. These fine particles can scatter blue light and make the moon appear blue. This phenomenon is termed a super moon. We had one on January 1 and are having another on January 31.

For people in the Central Time Zone, the lighter part of the Earth's shadow will touch the moon by 4:51 a.m.

At 5:51 a.m., the moon will be fully engulfed in shadow and should appear blood-red. And what exactly can we expect to see? "In Tamil Nadu, the moon rising time is 6.04 pm and from that time we can witness this celestial event", he said.

The event is causing a buzz because it combines three unusual lunar events - an extra big super moon, a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse, AFP states.

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Host of London Morning, Julianne Hazlewood, spoke with Andrew Fazekas, a science journalist who's also known as the Night Sky Guy, about what to expect. The moon will pass in the earth's shadow. "The moon won't actually be blue, and the origin of the name is a bit of a mystery". Johnston said the January 21, 2019 lunar eclipse will be visible throughout all of the US and will be a supermoon, though it won't be a blue moon.

Information from Paulson suggests that the full eclipse will end at 7:07 a.m., with the moon back to its regular non-apocalyptic self at 9:08 a.m.

Stargazers across Southwestern Ontario can catch a glimpse of a lunar eclipse this week.

While the partial eclipse would begin at 16.48 PST whereas the total eclipse would start at 17.52 PST, however, the greatest eclipse time is 18.31 PST.

The size of moon increases from 7% to 8% during the eclipse which is why it is called the "super moon".


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