Super Blue Blood Moon seen in skies, See Pics

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New Delhi, Jan 31: India along with North America, Hawaii, the Middle East, Russia, and Australia are witnessing a rare cosmic show by moon today.

It’s the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse.

India and other parts of the world is witnessing this super moon and total lunar eclipse as well.

 

You can watch it live here:

The eclipse is expected to last for one hour and 16 minutes in the country.

The celestial event is a lunar trifecta: a Supermoon (a moon at perigee, the closest to Earth that it gets in its orbit), a total lunar eclipse (a blood moon), and a blue moon (the second full moon of a calendar month).

Meanwhile, NASA is offering a free live feed of the ‘lunar trifecta’ on NASA TV and NASA.gov/live.

“What do you get when you have a supermoon, which also happens to be the 2nd full Moon of the month, passing through Earth’s shadow during a total lunar eclipse? A #SuperBlueBloodMoon! Catch this lunar trifecta coming our way on Jan. 31,” tweeted NASA.

The best view of the ‘Super Blueblood’ moon can be had from western North America across the Pacific Ocean to East Asia.

Other parts of the world, including Australia and Asia, will see it at night, as the moon comes up in the west.

Lunar eclipse

A lunar eclipse is a spectacular celestial show, during which the bright, pearly-white disc of the full Moon turns dark, and sometimes takes on the colour of dark copper, or even dried blood. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, the Earth and the Moon are so aligned that for a period of time, the full Moon passes through the shadow of Earth in space (called Earth’s Umbra).

Why is it termed Blood Moon or Copper Moon?

During a total lunar eclipse, though the Moon gets shadowed by the Earth, sunlight passing through the Earth’s atmosphere, break down in its constituent colours and the red part gets scattered by the atmosphere and falls on the Moon’s surface, thereby making it take on a reddish copper hue. For this reason since antiquity, a totally eclipsed Moon is called a “Blood Moon”. It has no other special relevance other than the fact that the colour of the Moon looks blackish-red.

Do I need any special binoculars or a telescope to see this phenomenon?

Not at all. It can be seen through the naked eye.

SPACE India, a start-up focused on astronomy education and astro-tourism services, said it would also organise events to observe the phenomenon from 6p.m.-9.30 p.m. at various locations across India, including at India Gate.

“The Moon will be plunged into darkness for one hour and 16 minutes (in full eclipse phase), in a deep total eclipse. The eclipse will be visible from all over India, but at moonrise, the eclipse would have already started and the Moon will be in partial eclipse while rising,” SPACE India said in a statement.

Apart from offering a rare moonrise sight, the eclipse will give researchers a chance to see what happens when the surface of the moon cools quickly, helping them to understand some of the characteristics of the regolith — the mixture of soil and loose rocks on the surface — and how it changes over time.

In Asia, the last Blue Moon and total lunar eclipse happened 35 years ago on December 30, 1982. Meanwhile, for Americans, this phenomenon is happening after 152 years and the last time it happened was in 1866.

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