Brace Yourself For The First Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse In 150 years
It was an amazing sight in the United States on August 21, 2017, when people were treated to first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. The sun and moon contributed to the celestial beauty on that occasion. It reminded us of our existence in the universe. If that was not enough, another stunning cosmic spectacle is already on its way. There is every reason for stargazers in America and Canada to get excited about. To take away your breaths, the first Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse to hit North America in 150 years. You might be wondering what exactly is Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse? It is actually a unique cosmic event where three different lunar events happen at one time: the supermoon, blue moon, and a lunar eclipse.
Supermoon are when moon becomes up to 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than a typical moon. On January 31, there will be supermoon in the United States and Canada. Supermoon means that it will be closest to earth during its elliptical orbit.
2 Blue Moon
Blue moon is when there is a second full moon of the calendar month. It is not that its color will change to blue. The moon can also sometimes appear as reddish.
3 Lunar Eclipse
On January 31, the earth will totally eclipse the moon. As a result, there will be a reddish glow on the moon. It is also sometimes called ‘blood moon.’
All the three cosmological events will occur at the same time to create the Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse.
4 Moon turn reddish instead of going dark
There is actually a very interesting explanation to why does the moon turn reddish during lunar eclipse instead of going dark. There is a common perception that when the earth comes between the sun and the moon, the moon would appear black in the sky because of earth’s shadow.
5 Earth is not just about rocky surface
This is also a fact that earth is not just about its rocky body and there is more to it. The earth’s atmosphere is beyond its rocky surface and sun’s light travels through it to hit the moon.
6 Earth’s atmosphere is cause behind moon looking red
The sun’s light which passes through the atmosphere of earth is actually filtered one. The earth’s atmosphere is such that it traps the blue colored light from the sun which actually travels in shorter waves. At the same time, the earth’s atmosphere let the red colored lights from the sun to pass through it. The red colored lights travel in longer wavelengths. They pass through the earth and land on the moon. As a result, the earth looks red while in lunar eclipse.
7 The blood moon can be explained easily
It is also a fact that many people perceive blood moon as a mythological omen of doom or a sign of the apocalypse. It is, in fact, a very common cosmological event and can also be explained easily.
8 You won’t be required to wear the sunglasses to see the Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse
There is also a major difference between the Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse and the Total Eclipse which happened in August and that is you won’t be required to wear the sunglasses to see the event this time unlike the August event. The blood moon which will appear on January 31 can be seen with naked eyes.
9 The term supermoon is used to explain the single closest full moon
The term supermoon is used to explain the single closest full moon in a 14-month cycle. NASA also uses this term to explain a full moon which happens within 90 percent of the moon’s closest approach to Earth.
10 The distance between earth and moon fluctuates
It is also a fact that distance between earth and moon fluctuates between 225,600 miles and 252,100 miles, on average.
11 People living in the West Coast will be in best position
It is said that the people living in the West Coast and in the middle of the US will be in a best of position to watch the lunar eclipse which will appear early in the morning. As per reports, the sky watchers in Australia and Asia will also have the opportunity to see the lunar eclipse. But, people living in the east coast will not have most of the impressive view.
12 The lunar eclipse is expected to last for about 1 hour and 16 minutes
The lunar eclipse is expected to last for about 1 hour and 16 minutes. The lunar eclipse is expected to start on the West Coast at about 4:51 AM and will last until about 6:07 AM on January 31.
13 The next lunar eclipse will appear on July 27, 2018 in many continents
The next lunar eclipse will appear on July 27, 2018 in many continents including South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. America will again see this event on January 21, 2019.