Published: Fri, January 05, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

A unique phenomenon that humans will be able to observe "blood moon"

A unique phenomenon that humans will be able to observe

Astronomers have confirmed that the event shall start around 4:51 am PST near the Western Coast of the U.S. The darkest fragment of Earth's shadow created by the moon entering the umbra part shall happen at 4:08 a.m. EST.

Three separate celestial events - a supermoon, a blue moon and a full lunar eclipse - will occur simultaneously on January 31.

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2018 is starting off big and bright, as the sky will play host to a "supermoon" Monday night. In fact, the night of January 31 will see three separate celestial events happen simultaneously, resulting in a Super Blue Blood Moon eclipse. Places like Alaska, Hawaii as well as a Northwestern section of Canada can see the event in the sky. Moonset will intervene for the rest of North and Central America, however.

On January 31, some U.S-based stargazers will also be treated to a total lunar eclipse. On January 2, the moon rose as a perigree full moon, when its orbit is closest to Earth, so it looks larger and brighter.

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The peak of the shower was January 3, a waning full moon may interfere with observing these meteors, NASA stated. The moon experiences perigree once per orbit, but that doesn't always coincide with a full moon.

A "blue moon" will appear at 9:31 p.m. To answer that question, we consulted the reference book Canon of Lunar Eclipses, 1500 B.C. - A.D.

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The super blue blood moon eclipse will be visible anywhere that it's night-time, although some regions of the globe will only be able to see a partial eclipse. This happens when the earth is in a position between the moon and the soon which blots out the view of the moon.

Blue Moons happen every two-and-a-half years on average, so, with the total eclipse, it will be a royal spectacle - a "super blue blood" moon, Nasa said. The moon won't actually be blue, because the term simply refers to the second full moon in a month.

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NASA always encourages people to use these rare lunar events as a chance to study the moon. These rare events also provide the scientists a chance to study the celestial elements closely. This occurrence is also known as "blood moon", based on the reddish hue.

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