The world is going to witness the first total lunar eclipse of 2018 on January 31. A lot is being touted about the upcoming lunar eclipse as sky gazers will witness a “super blood blue moon”, a cosmic event which hasn’t been witnessed for more than 150 years. The celestial event last took place in 1866. In layman language, a supermoon, blue moon and lunar eclipse will occur simultaneously on January 31, 2018.
Super Blood Blue Moon
Total Lunar Eclipse 2018
The moon as well all know rotates in an elliptical orbit around the Earth. A Total Lunar eclipse occurs when the earth comes exactly between the sun and the moon and the earth’s shadow falls on the moon.
It is during a total lunar eclipse that some of the sun’s rays get refracted through the earth’s atmosphere and strike the moon, which results in a reddish-orange glow, also alternatively referred to as blood moon.
A supermoon refers to a phenomenon when a full moon coincides with its perigee, the nearest point between the moon’s orbit and Earth. According to NASA, the Moon appears up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter during a supermoon.
A blue moon is the second full moon in a month. It appears every two years and eight months. January has already had one full moon on the first day of the month.
So, basically, the reason this January 31 celestial event is going to be a Super blue blood moon is that this will be a total lunar eclipse which will give a reddish-orange glow to the moon. It is also the second total lunar eclipse in January 2018, so, it will be referred to as “blue moon.” Summing up altogether, the upcoming Supermoon has thus become a “super blue blood moon.”
Total Lunar Eclipse 2018 Timing
The majority of India will witness the lunar eclipse from 6.21 pm till 7.37 pm Indian Standard Time, reported One India.
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