Celestial Fiesta! SuperMoon, Blue Moon & Total Lunar Eclipse on 31st January 2018
SuperMoon, Blue Moon & Total Lunar Eclipse on 31st January 2018 – What’s so special about 31st January 2018?
SuperMoon, Blue Moon & Total Lunar Eclipse on 31st January 2018
A rare celestial event is going to occur soon. And we can’t contain our excitement! Want to know what it is? On 31st January, you will be able to witness a Blood Moon + a Supermoon + a Blue Moon, simultaneously. Such a rarity is going to occur after over 150 years. The SuperMoon, Blue Moon & Total Lunar Eclipse on 31st January 2018 is awaited by many stargazers and astronomers across the world. Want to see more? Then, scroll down.
What’s a SuperMoon?
When the moon is closest to the Earth in its elliptical orbit and is also at its full moon stage, it results in a (up to 14%) larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk. This is called a Supermoon. Sounds super, eh? And on 31st, we will be witnessing the second Supermoon of the month!
What’s a Blue Moon?
As we stated earlier, we will be witnessing two Supermoons in a row this month. This two-moons-in-a-month phenomenon is known as a Blue Moon. NASA has referred to this as the ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’. And we are in love with the sound of it!
What’s a Blood Moon?
A total lunar eclipse happens when the Earth comes between the moon and the Sun, eventually blocking the direct rays of the Sun. The rays pass through the Earth’s atmosphere and fall on the Moon’s surface, making it seem reddish in our eyes. The reddish colour appears due to a phenomenon called Rayleigh Scattering. That’s why it is also known as Blood Moon.
What Can You See On 31st January 2018?
On 31st, we all will be witnessing the third and the final part of the Supermoon trilogy on sky. The first Supermoon occurred on 3rd December 2017. And the second one, also referred to as the Wolf Moon, happened in New Year i.e 1st January 2018.
When Can You See The Divine Feat?
In India, the total lunar eclipse will start at 6:21 P.M. and end at 7:37 P.M. Mark this time on your calendar ’cause who would want to miss such an occasion!
Is it Safe to Gaze at the Moon Directly?
Yes, go ahead! Unlike Solar Eclipses, Lunar Eclipses are totally harmless for your eyes. This is because you will be looking at the Moon, not the Sun. Furthermore, the rays of the Sun will go through the Earth’s atmosphere before falling on the Moon’s surface. The glare would be minimum. And you can experience the red beauty with your bare eyes.
So, what do you think about the SuperMoon, Blue Moon & Total Lunar Eclipse event? Please do tell us how you plan to experience the triple lunar fiesta in the comments section below.
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