Thursday, 22 February, 2018

Blue Moon, Supermoon, Eclipse

Stages of the super blue blood moon as depicted by NASA Stages of the super blue blood moon as depicted by NASA
Guillermo Lane | 28 January, 2018, 00:43

This rare event on January 31 - a blue supermoon - gets rarer still, because there will also be a lunar eclipse.

Any time there are two full moons in the same month, the second is considered a blue moon. Australians will see another lunar eclipse in July this year, when the Earth, sun and moon come together again in ideal alignment.

A supermoon occurs every 14 months when the moon is at its closest point to Earth in orbit.

In a statement jointly issued with QCH director Dr Mohamed al-Ansari, noted astronomer Dr Beshir Marzouk said two Blue Moons will occur during this year, with the second one slated for the last day of March. "The gas molecules of Earth's atmosphere scatter bluer wavelengths of light from the sun, while redder wavelengths pass straight through", reports The Conversation.

Just how rare is this combination of "super blue blood moon"? The reddish tint from the eclipse is not expected until nearly an hour after the eclipse begins, around 6:48 a.m., but the moon will set less than a half an hour after that. The Dec. 3 full moon is the first of three consecutive supermoons.

Despite the name, blue moons aren't actually blue but white.

If the weather gods co-operate, the total lunar eclipse on January 31 is one of them.

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While there is plenty of folklore about the effect of full moons, from werewolves to sleeplessness, the impact here on earth is minimal, even during a supermoon.

Viewers in Whatcom County will have to wake up before sunrise to see the eclipse. The earth completely blocks the sunlight and casts a shadow on the moon. "This moon was last time seen in 1866", he added. And unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is perfectly safe to watch in the night with the naked eye.

I have never heard a definitive explanation as to how they came to be called Blue Moons.

"Blood moon" is a phrase used to describe the reddish color the moon takes on during the totality phase of the eclipse.

Sadly, if you do miss it then you'll have some time to see something this spectacular again.

According to him, based on the earlier statement by National Space Agency (ANGKASA), in Peninsular Malaysia, the eclipse will take place when the moon is rising in the eastern horizon, while in Sabah and Sarawak, this phenomenon will begin after moonrise. At the very start, it's too pale to see, but you'll notice a distinctly dusky shading across the top half of the moon about a half-hour before the partial eclipse begins. In New Jersey we will see only a small portion of the eclipse. This is when the moon enters the faint outer shadow of the Earth. Starting at 5:30 a.m.

"The sun, Earth and moon line up so perfectly that the Earth's shadow blocks the sun", Noble said.

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