Celestial spectacle: 'Super blue blood' moon to end January

  • Celestial spectacle: 'Super blue blood' moon to end January

Celestial spectacle: 'Super blue blood' moon to end January

During the eclipse, the moon will glide into Earth's shadow, gradually turning the white disk of light to orange or red.

India will get to see the January 31 lunar eclipse, a senior scientist told Indian daily newspaper The Economic Times.

These occur when the full moon is facing the earth on a specific side that's wider.

The second reason the blue moon won't be blue is because it will appear a sort of coppery colour instead.

Skywatchers in California, western Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, Australia and eastern Asia should be able to see the entire eclipse, provided the westher remains favourable.

The super blue blood moon is the result of a trifecta of celestial events. For this diagram, at the time of this lunar eclipse, that means that the Sun is where you are, and the Moon is farther "inside" your display, behind the Earth.

If you want in on the action leading up to the total lunar eclipse, pour a cup of coffee, grab a jacket and head out at 4:48 a.m. when the dark core of Earth's shadow, called the umbra, begins sliding across the moon's surface. The moon sets soon after, so inland USA should be able to get a better view of the Blue Supermoon Eclipse just a few minutes after. That's when the moon slides into the earth's shadow.

Although parts of the lunar eclipse will be seen across North America, "people get a better and better show closer to the west coast", he says.

"But on that date the moon was near apogee, its most distant point from Earth", it said.

When: Wednesday, January 31st, best viewing 6:15 a.m. until moon sets near 7:00 a.m.

With the moon setting, make sure you have a non-obstructed view of the western sky. The moon appears to turn a reddish color hence the term "Blood Moon". At New Moon, you might expect to see a solar eclipse, with the Moon blotting out the Sun.

Greatest eclipse at 5:30 a.m.

The best viewing is expected between 5am and 6am local time, with totality finishing at 6.05am.

The blue supermoon lunar eclipse is the highlight of the few weeks of supermoons for this past couple of months, which started with the first supermoon back on December 3, 2017.

The long-term forecast for January 30 and 31 is partially sunny with a few showers.

"We've had a lot of supermoons and we've had lunar eclipses, but it's rare that it also happens to be a blue moon", said Jason Aufdenberg, associate professor of physics and astronomy at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's campus in Daytona Beach, Florida.