Sky gazers, don't miss the super blue moon lunar eclipse Wednesday morning

Sky gazers, don't miss the super blue moon lunar eclipse Wednesday morning

The rare lunar triple play on tap for Wednesday - a super blue blood moon - has sky-gazers buzzing.

According to Metro, the moon will not only be bigger and brighter than usual but the spectacle will resemble a lunar eclipse. The well-known idiom actually refers to the rare instance when there is a second full moon in a calendar month. Although it does not have a scientific definition, a "blood moon" occurs during a lunar eclipse when faint red sunbeams peek out around the edges of the moon, giving it a reddish, copper color. While viewers along the East Coast will see only the initial stages of the eclipse before moonset, those in the West and Hawaii will see most or all of the lunar eclipse phases before dawn. The rapid change in temperature that will occur on the moon when it slips into and out of Earth's shadow Wednesday will allow Elphic's team to leverage heat-sensing equipment to gain a better understanding of the moon's surface.

Finally, a supermoon occurs when the full moon is at the closest point of its orbit to the Earth, which is also called the perigee.

"If people are having to get up for work or school, or if they're willing to get up, then this is very democratic - anyone can just go outside and look for the moon". "The overall eclipse ends at 12.08 midnight on Feb 1", he explained.

He said many people are "afraid" of eclipses and believe them to be "bad luck" because of false warnings issued by astrologers, which he said is not science.

In the Rocky Mountain region, the show begins as the umbra touches the edge of the Moon at 4:48 a.m. MST.

What time is the lunar eclipse in India?

The peak of the blood moon eclipse is at about 6:30 a.m. local time, and the Moon will set shortly after 7 a.m. You'll have another chance to see a total lunar eclipse on January 21, 2019, which should be visible across the U.S.

Ridley added that unlike the sun in a solar eclipse, the moon doesn't disappear during a lunar eclipse. "The full moon is also the third in a series of three straight full moon super moons".

Said Johnston, "I have always been fascinated by the night sky".

Sadly, people in the United Kingdom will not get to see lunar eclipse because it is only visible on Earth's night side.

"Unlike the eclipse of the sun, you don't have to rush out at a certain time, and if you sneeze you miss it", Fraknoi said.

Those in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand will catch the event during moonrise on the last day of the month.

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