Rare Lunar Trifecta to Grace Skies this Wednesday

Muriel Hammond
January 30, 2018

A blue moon refers to the very unusual occurrence of two full moons in a single month. According to information gathered by her that the next supermoon lunar eclipse would happen on January 21, 2019, but it won't be the blue moon then and reddishness of the moon will also be missing.

A blue moon is the second full moon to take place in a calendar month, which happens once every two or three years.

The December supermoon is traditionally known as a Full Cold Moon in the northern hemisphere because it takes place at the start of winter.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and a full moon form a near-perfect lineup in space. When the moon is full during an eclipse, there is a total lunar eclipse. A blood moon gets its name because, during a lunar occultation, the moon gets a reddish tint due to the Rayleigh scattering. There is no need for special glasses or equipment to view it.

On Wednesday, parts of the USA will get to view a very special lunar eclipse.

Its proximity makes it seem a little bit bigger and brighter than usual, but that's the extent of its effects on Earth.

Have you noticed the moon to be huge, sometimes, especially near the horizon? The eclipse will be more hard to see in the lightening pre-dawn sky, and the Moon will set after 7 a.m.as the Sun begins to rise.

The moon will be higher at that time - about 30 degrees, or three fist widths, above the horizon.

This is not prime viewing for Louisville as the moon will set just before totality starts. But we can not see much of the difference with the naked eye. The event begins when the moon enters the Earth's shadow at 6:48 a.m. and people should be able to see a small "bite" on the moon's upper edge for a short period of time, he said.

But if you are not somewhere you can simply go outside and see it, here is a list of online locations hosting a live webcast of the rare event.

With the sun not shining on the moon, it is going to darken. So, the Moon will be below or above the path Earth is following when revolving around the Sun.

Skywatchers in California, western Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, Australia and eastern Asia should be able to see the entire eclipse, provided the westher remains favourable.

It will happen between 6:51 and 7:12 a.m.

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