Rare 'super blue blood moon' coming to Western US skies next week

The moon is predicted to appear like this during the eclipse at about 2.30am

SUPPLIED The moon is predicted to appear like this during the eclipse at about 2.30am

Since those light waves are already stretched out due to refraction, they appear red or ruddy-brown in colour, making it look like a "Blood Moon". At a total lunar eclipse, Moon takes about an hour to become completely immersed in the umbra. But this January, moon gazers can enjoy a total lunar eclipse, a unique and mesmerizing sight.

"For the [continental] US, the survey will be best in the West", Gordon Johnston, program official and lunar blogger at NASA home office in Washington, said in the announcement. As the sun shines, it creates a shadow behind the earth. Whether you're romantic or not, the "Super Blue Bloody Moon" is a phenomenon worth watching with your loved ones.

Blue moons occur about once every 2.7 years, according to Space.com, so they aren't almost as rare as one might think.

The moon's orbit is tilted by about 5 degrees relative to the Earth's orbit. But during a lunar eclipse, with our planet blocking off direct sunlight that would otherwise fall on the moon's surface, the temperature variation is much faster.

"For those in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand, the "super blue blood moon" can be seen during moonrise in the morning on the 31st", according to NASA. For example, if an eclipse takes place shortly after a volcanic eruption, the particles in the atmosphere will make the moon look darker than usual.

Auckland Stardome educator Josh Kirkley says the blood red moon will be about 30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent

Resident should set their alarms to 5:52 a.m., MST, on January 31 if they want view a total lunar eclipse.

If that crossing corresponds to a full moon, the moon will pass into the Earth's shadow, resulting in. As noted by Space, a blue moon is "the appearance of an additional full moon within a given period".

You can check if your nearest city will experience the eclipse using this interactive lunar eclipse model.

If you don't catch the one at Kozhikode, you can head to the Priyadarshini Planetarium in the Kerala Science and Technology Museum (KSSTM) in Thiruvananthapuram, which in addition to setting up telescopes for public viewing, will also conduct awareness classes with an astrophysicist. "However, one should be very careful as deep inner fears will surface during an eclipse", Roopesh R., Specialist in Spiritual Subjects, answered on being asked about the effects of the total lunar eclipse according to Western Astrology.

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