Published: Wed, January 31, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Super Blue Moon, total eclipse to be visible today

Super Blue Moon, total eclipse to be visible today

What does it mean to have a super blue blood moon? Blue moon refers to the second full moon in a single calendar month.

The good news? You can view two-thirds of the trifecta all night long.

The best weather for moon spotting will be in the south and central parts of the country. A Super Moon happens when the moon's orbit is closest to Earth during a full moon, and a Lunar Eclipse occurs when the moon is in the Earth's shadow.

Southern Cross University geographer Professor Bill Boyd said the super blue blood moon is an "extremely unusual occurance".

Especially for the total lunar eclipse, which will happen early Wednesday morning. McDowell said they happen at least once a year.

Moon-watching parties for the one-hour-16-minute eclipse were advertised up and down the US West Coast, including at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, where the gathering kicks off at 3.45am.

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In a press release, S. Sen, scientist-F of the Positional Astronomy Centre, said the eclipse will be a partial one from 5.18 p.m.to 8.42 p.m.

The full spectacle - in which all three phenomena are visible at the same time - will arrive in Australia first, and will later be seen by much of Asia and America.

People living in European Russia will not be able to see the beginning of the lunar eclipse as it will be too early for the moonrise. 22News explains the rarity of this celestial event.

The lunar eclipse, which takes place when the moon passes in the Earth's shadow, will last nearly three and a half hours. Skies are expected to be mostly clear and the overnight low of approximately 48 degrees.

Aufdenberg said that by his calculations, the last time a super moon, blue moon and total lunar eclipse all together were visible from the eastern United States was on May 31, 1844. The partial eclipse will end at 7:11 a.m. A lunar year consists of four three-moon periods in relation to the astronomical seasons. The moon will come in the Earth's shadow, giving the moon a reddish colour due to the light bending around the Earth's atmosphere. The last time the western hemisphere witnessed an event like this, Andrew Johnson was in the White House.

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