Super Blue Blood Lunar Eclipse Moon, coming early Wednesday!

Украинцы станут свидетелями кровавого лунного затмения

January 31 is not only a supermoon but a super blue blood moon with a lunar eclipse.

And fear not luna-tic's, Virtual Telescope will be streaming the event live for those of you unable to view it up close. In general, perigee full moons can be up to 14 percent bigger than apogee full moons, and up to 30 percent brighter... 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. Because of that ellipse shape, every month the moon has a minimum distance to the Earth at just over 221,000 miles called perigee, and its maximum distance dubbed apogee at almost 253,000 miles from our terrestrial home.

On average, a blue moon occurs once every couple of years. Simply the second full moon in any month and for a month to have two full moons we usually have to wait about 2 1/2 years (or once in a blue moon, get it?).

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.

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. "But this is definitely the first time anyone has called it a super blue blood moon".

The last blue moon was July 31, 2015 and the next one won't occur until October 31, 2020, Aufdenberg said. Although it does not have a scientific definition, a "blood moon" occurs during a lunar eclipse when faint red sunbeams peek out around the edges of the moon, giving it a reddish, copper color. During an eclipse, the booth glows red due to the lineup of the sun, Earth, and moon. Rather, it's lit by light filtered through the Earth's atmosphere, via the same spectral filtering - a mechanism known as Rayleigh scattering - that causes red sunsets and sunrises.




If you're not looking to shell out dough for a flight across the country, don't give up hope just yet. A partially eclipsed supermoon will be visible in the hours before dawn, but to see the blood moon you need to get west of the Rockies.

"If you happen to be on the wrong side of the Earth, you'll miss it", Aufdenberg said, adding that Florida tends to be a poor area for viewing lunar eclipses.

This would be a good time to explain each. And supermoons? Blue moon? For it to occur, the planets had to align. It's not so much of a mind-blowing event as the blood moon, but it's a little more visually significant than the blue moon. For the eastern USA, the last visible one was May 31, 1844. This year will actually see a duo of blue moons in both January and March, and no full moon at all in February.

It may sound like the apocalypse is nigh, so let's break it down by its three parts: "super", "blue" and "blood". It can be best viewed through unaided eyes at a location that ensures a clear view to the eastern direction.

In Florida and for the rest of the East Coast, stargazers only will witness a partial eclipse.

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