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Something unbelievable will happen with the moon on January 31

Something unbelievable will happen with the moon on January 31

Heads up, sky gazers!

What is a first blue moon total eclipse in 150 years?

It truly is a celestial triple threat! This usually happens every two to three years, but it happens twice in 2018 - on January 31 and March 31.

While the Earth revolves around the sun, the moon revolves around the Earth. Let's take on one moon moniker at a time.

"Weather permitting, the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii will have a spectacular view of totality from start to finish", said George Johnston, lunar blogger at NASA, in a press statement.

From late on Wednesday night, when the moon is full, it will slide entirely into the earth's shadow. A Full Moon rises at sunset, opposite the Sun in our sky, and sets at dawn. So it's not going to be as bright.

The sun emits all colors of light, making it appear white.

He explained that, because of the dust and atmospheric conditions, the moon may appear slightly blue.

The maximal eclipse in Dubai will be visible at 6.04pm and the total eclipse will end at 6.07pm.




By about 6.15am CST the earth's reddish shadow will be clearly noticeable on the moon.

This will turn the moon a brooding, dark red due to light being bent or refracted onto its surface by the earth's atmosphere.

The combination of three lunar phenomenon dubbed the Super Blue Blood Moon will be visible on Jan 31, 2018, between 7pm till midnight.

This effectively means that the moon will look about 14 percent brighter than it does when the full moon is at its farthest point from the Earth. These occur once every 2.7 years, because the number of days from new moon to new moon is a bit less than a typical calendar month; 29.53 days instead of 31 or 30 days, according to Space.com. It will be a super bloody blue moon all in the same 20 hours. Most of the time the full moon misses the Earth's shadow.

Nolle arbitrarily defined a super moon as a full moon which occurs when the moon is within 90 percent of its closest approach to Earth in any given orbital cycle.

While a lunar eclipse always plays second fiddle to a solar one, Becker says the moon show can be breathtaking. "It's basically just your eyes alone, that's all you really need to see the red moon".

Since the moon will set low over the western horizon, likely tucked behind trees, buildings and hills, said Andrew Fraknoi, a retired professor of astronomy at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

If there aren't any night clouds, Vancouverites have a prime viewing location.

"If you live on the beach in Pacifica, you're great to go".


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