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Get Ready For A Super Blue Blood Moon on January 31

27 January 2018

This coming Wednesday we're having an extremely rare astronomical event over southwest Minnesota. There's nothing to worry about if you find yourself enthralled and staring up into the sky for a very long time. This means western time zones will have a better chance of seeing the super blue blood moon in all of its glory. It's getting to be that we need a lunar scorecard!

The moonrise time in the Qatar sky that Wednesday is 5.17pm, while the moon's setting time on Thursday morning in 6.50am, QCH has explained.

"Nolle simply gave it a sexy name", Boyle says. (Ruaraidh Gillies/Wikimedia Commons)When can I see the supermoon and total lunar eclipse? A blue moon actually has to do with mathematical odds.

As is well known, the start and the end of the Hijric months depend on Moon's motion whether it completes one cycle approximately in every 29.5 days or not, and based on that the length of each Hijric month is decided. The moon's closest approach is called the "perigee", and when that coincides with a full moon it appears larger and brighter than average. While that is mostly true, sometimes we get two in one month, something that is referred to as a "blue moon".

The last time the super blue blood moon was visible December 30, 1982 in Asia. But that won't be our only blue moon in 2018. Our first full moon in January occurred on Jan. 1st.

While New Yorkers will still be able to appreciate the "super" and "blue" parts to the phenomena, the timing of the eclipse (the "blood" part) makes it harder for people on the East Coast to see it. The celestial coincidence hasn't happened in more than 150 years.

A combination of photos show the moon turning a reddish colour during an eclipse in Brussels, Belgium, in 2015.

The upcoming event is now being called the "super blue blood moon", and every aspect in this title is technically correct.

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"Set your alarm early and go out and take a look", Johnston said.

If that crossing corresponds to a full moon, the moon will pass into the Earth's shadow, resulting in a total lunar eclipse.

The original meaning was the third full moon in a season that had four full moons (as opposed to the three full moons you'd normally expect during a season). He said that moon revolves around the earth in an elliptical orbit. Most of the time the full moon misses the Earth's shadow. Not this time though.

The last total lunar eclipse visible on Earth was September 28, 2015. The light that reaches the moon appears red once reflected back to us on Earth.

In an eclipse, Earth is blocking the sunlight that usually turns the moon almost white. "If last month's Full Moon were a 16.0 inch pizza, then this month's "Super" moon would be 16.1 inches".

"You can thank the astrologer Richard Nolle who in came up with the phrase in 1979", he says.

A supermoon is when the moon comes closest to the earth in its orbit. The moon orbits our planet from between 233,000 miles and 253,000 miles away.

"The orbit it not a flawless circle", Pierce said. That is the time when the sun is on one side of Earth and the moon is on the opposite side.

Get Ready For A Super Blue Blood Moon on January 31