Super blue moon lunar eclipse to take place January 31

Super blue moon lunar eclipse to take place January 31

Early Wednesday morning, January 31, will bring a rare treat for skygazers in many parts of the world: It's a full moon on the night of January 31, and the second one in one calendar month, so it becomes a blue moon by our modern definition.

For those who want to see the entire process of the moon exiting the eclipse, the duration will be an hour. Supermoons are around 7% bigger and up to 30% brighter than other lunar appearances. When the moon is all the way in shadow it doesn't go completely dark; instead, it looks red due to a process called Rayleigh scattering.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind the Earth into its umbra. Such phenomenon happens when the Earth comes in between Sun and the Moon. In addition to being full, it will be both blue and orange. The next one visible in North America will be on January 21, 2019. The moon doesn't change color, so please don't write letters to the editor venting your disappointment. Our blue moon next week will mark the second full moon in one month, the more common definition of the term nowadays.

Lunar eclipses are visible from anywhere on earth that it's nighttime. The partial eclipse begins at 3:48 am.

Although parts of the lunar eclipse will be seen across North America, "people get a better and better show closer to the west coast", he says.

Al Hariri is encouraging residents to join the event by the astronomy group to learn more about celestial events. Since the total eclipse happens right at moonset, it may be hard for people in western Kentucky to see it. But twice in each lunar cycle, the moon does cross into our planet's orbital plane.

It becomes reddish because the Sun, Earth and Moon will be aligned perfectly in a manner that the Earth will bend sunlight passing through its atmosphere to give the moon its colour. But this doesn't occur every time there's a full moon because the moon's orbit around the Earth is tilted by 5 degrees to the Earth's orbit around the sun.

What is a super moon?

The moon will also be supermoon because it will appear up to 30 percent brighter and up to 14 percent larger than normal as it makes its closest pass to Earth, according to

For the first time in more than 150 years, the West Coast will have the opportunity to see a blue moon turn red this week - assuming the weather cooperates.

That entirely depends on where you live. The next blue moon total lunar eclipse will happen in a little more than a decade, on December 31, 2028. "Unfortunately, eclipse viewing will be more challenging in the eastern time zone".

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