Super Blue Blood Moon incoming: Watch it when and where
- Author: Essie Rivera Jan 27, 2018,
Jan 27, 2018, 16:40
At this point, the moon tends to appear larger (although the reasons why are now unknown.) It's also important to keep in mind that the weather in your current location will affect the visibility of the moon, so even though the moon is brighter and larger, your view may be less impressive than that of someone in a clearer area. The stars and moon appear clearer because we are looking out into deep space, rather than toward the galaxy's dusty, busy center.
Any time there are two full moons in the same month, the second is considered a blue moon.
If the weather gods co-operate, the total lunar eclipse on January 31 is one of them. The moon orbits our planet from between 233,000 miles and 253,000 miles away. Apogee and perigee don't coincide with a particular phase of the moon, because the period of the moon's orbit around Earth is more than two days shorter than the cycle of phases, otherwise known as the synodic period.
A blood moon occurs when the Earth is directly between the Sun and the Moon. (Ruaraidh Gillies/Wikimedia Commons)When can I see the supermoon and total lunar eclipse? That refers to the total lunar eclipse that results in the moon's reddish or copper color as it is illuminated by sunlight filtered and refracted by the earth's atmosphere. When the moon is all the way in shadow it doesn't go completely dark; instead, it looks red due to a process called Rayleigh scattering. When the sun, earth and moon align in a straight line during full moon, it makes earth block the light from the sun from reaching the Moon.
All right, so we have our blue moon. Astronomers call this phenomenon as "Blue Moon".
Stargazers are privy to a celestial triple threat at the end of this month. Enjoy the super bloody blue full moon this coming Wednesday! Simply the second full moon in any month and for a month to have two full moons we usually have to wait about 2 1/2 years (or once in a blue moon, get it?). A supermoon also tends to be about 14 percent brighter than regular full moons, per NASA.
They happen happen every couple of years, which gave rise to the phrase "once in a blue moon", meaning not very often. The eclipse will be visible before sunrise on January 31 for those in North America, Alaska and Hawaii. Stargazers will need to wait until May 18, 2019, for a blue moon that fits this older, original definition. The first supermoon of 2018 which took place on New Year's Day was previously described by NASA as the "biggest and brightest" one expected for the entire year. He said that moon revolves around the earth in an elliptical orbit. Because of its closeness, it's expected to appear 13 percent wider and 28 percent larger than it did during it did on January 15, when the orb was at its furthest point from Earth. While it will be a supermoon, it won't be a blue moon. "They expect to see something spectacular - and it is fantastic even if that might be true of most full moons when viewed on the horizon".