Once in a blue moon

27 January, 2018, 20:28 | Author: Bertha Harmon
  • Super Blue Blood Moon 2018 map

The climax of this show will be the blue moon turning red as it undergoes a full lunar eclipse. But during a lunar eclipse, the moon's trek through Earth's shadow often imparts a red tint from the filtering effects of Earth's atmosphere, leading to the colloquial description of a "blood red" moon. The average distance between the earth and moon is around 239,000 miles. When it is at its closest point, the moon appears about 14 percent larger than when it is farthest away from Earth, Aufdenberg said. This occurs every 29.5 days, when the moon is directly opposite the sun relative to the earth. The next one visible in North America will be on January 21, 2019.

Most modern notions of blue moons follow Pruett's misunderstanding-the second full moon in a month with two. In the case of Wednesday's event, the month's previous full moon occurred January 2. For those in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand, the "super blue blood moon" can be seen during moonrise the morning of the 31st. Although that one will be a supermoon, it won't be a blue moon. That means the moon will pass through the Earth's shadow and take on a reddish glow ― which gives it the nickname "blood moon". No full moon for February! If you want to try to see the eclipse, the best place to do so will be the western facing turnouts of the Shenandoah National Park (SNP).

I have witnessed total lunar eclipses under these types of conditions before and they are hard.

Speaking of admiring it, not everyone will be able to see the entire eclipse in person, as viewing will be best in the West.

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We're a people who love quirky events, and the coincidence of the blue moon, supermoon and blood moon has been widely reported with glee - and attracted some warnings from the supernatural realm.

The clunky name refers to three separate lunar events that will coincide in the small hours next Wednesday.

It's an event almost 175 years in the making.

In less than a week, a "super blue blood moon" will grace the skies for the first time in more than 150 years. The next time the trifecta occurs where it can be seen in America won't be for half a millennia, until August 31, 2528.

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It may sound like the apocalypse is nigh, so let's break it down by its three parts: "super", "blue" and "blood".

"For the continental USA, the viewing will be best in the West", said Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA.

In Florida and for the rest of the East Coast, stargazers only will witness a partial eclipse.

This coming Wednesday we're having an extremely rare astronomical event over southwest Minnesota.

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The good news for bloody moon fans is that the moon being in the umbra combined with the usual reddening of the moon when it's close to the horizon will make the moon extra bloody!



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