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Prepare for a rare celestial trifecta: Super Blue Blood Moon

29 January 2018

Add to that a total lunar eclipse that will be visible in some parts of the world, and you have a rare conjunction of events-something like a "super blue blood moon" in less than poetic terms. Supermoons appear about 7 percent larger than an average full moon and as much as 15 percent brighter, according to NASA. It's also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a "blue moon".

January 31 brings a lunar trifecta: the super blue blood Moon!

This can occur only when the sun, Earth and moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle.

While Hyderabad residents will witness the lunar eclipse in totality, North Eastern states and Kolkata will witness the eclipse happening as the moon rises earlier there.

The partial eclipse begins at 5:48 a.m. when the moon enters Earth's main shadow, the umbra. The rapid change in temperature that will occur on the moon when it slips into and out of Earth's shadow Wednesday will allow Elphic's team to leverage heat-sensing equipment to gain a better understanding of the moon's surface.

First, the moon that morning will be a "supermoon", since it's occurring near a perigee, or a time in the moon's orbit when it is closest to the Earth. "Set your alarm early and go out and take a look".

"Sometimes the celestial rhythms sync up just right to wow us", NASA says.

Alas, the most notable part of the event will prove disappointing to Lehigh Valley folk and others on the East Coast who head out at 6:45 a.m. for a look, Gary Becker of Moravian wrote in his StarWatch column.

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He also said that the Lok Sabha elections are due for next year and would be a big challenge as they need yearlong preparations. Rawat had recused himself after AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had questioned his neutrality.

Johnston has been following and writing about the Moon since 2004, when he and about 20 colleagues at NASA Headquarters would get together after work during the full moon in "celebratory attire"-which for Johnston meant his signature bow tie".

The Virtual Telescope Project will also live stream the eclipse with source material in Australia and the U.S. beginning 6:30 a.m. EST (1130 GMT) until 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT).

Finally, at 6:08 a.m., the total eclipse will end, with the moon slipping back into a partial eclipse. And unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is perfectly safe to watch in the night with the naked eye.

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As for the total lunar eclipse, it will be visible early in the morning of January 31 from western North America across the Pacific to eastern Asia, said.

Said Johnston, "I have always been fascinated by the night sky".

It's easy to make a Moon Phases Calendar and Calculator that will keep all of the dates and times for the year's phases of the Moon at your fingertips.

The Earth's atmosphere will filter out nearly all of the visible light, which is all the colors of the rainbow, except for orange and red, which is why the moon will appear reddish-orange. It will be visible before sunrise on 31 January from western North America, and because of the worldwide date line, after sunset on 31 January from central and eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and most of Australia.

Prepare for a rare celestial trifecta: Super Blue Blood Moon