Blue moon eclipse coming this week

Lena Tucker
January 29, 2018

JANUARY is set to have a super blood moon as part of a lunar eclipse. While in earth's shadow, the moon will take a red hew, also known as a "blood moon". The event, as described by Nasa, is a combination of three separate events which will occur at the same time - the moon's closest approach to the Earth, a full moon and a full lunar eclipse. Then around 6:15 a.m. the Earth's reddish shadow will be noticeable on the Moon.

The lunar eclipse will occur at 1.30pm British and Irish time, and the next eclipse won't be visible until July 2018 - so time to keep your eyes peeled. In fact, it should look considerably more orange than usual thanks to a total lunar eclipse. Pacific Time, although the shadow will start appearing on the moon at approximately 3:48 a.m. This is the second full moon of the month, which means it is also a blue moon.

Aufdenberg said that by his calculations, the last time a supermoon, blue moon and total lunar eclipse all together were visible from the eastern United States was on May 31, 1844.

N. Raghunandan Kumar, director of Planetary Society, said, "The moon goes around the Earth every month in an oval orbit, and it is far and near the Earth one time in a month".

January 31 is a date South Africans will surely want to remember - sadly, they won't be outdoors comfortably seated in a camping chair with binoculars and telephoto cameras and tripods. Early Wednesday morning, the moon will charge right into the umbra shadow and get bloody!

Wednesday night will also be a supermoon, when the full moon will be closest to the earth on its orbital journey - a mere 360,198km away.

So, by now you've probably heard that a special and rare full moon will rise on Wednesday.

If you miss this lunar eclipse, you will have to wait another year for the next chance to see one in North America. The moon will be just above the horizon by less than a degree, perhaps already set for many area viewers. 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. You'd see people experiencing sunrise and sunset all at the same time. Despite the name it doesn't have anything to do with the color of the moon.

You are going to need a heavy jacket, though. The next solar eclipse will be a partial eclipse on October 14, 2023.

Dr Vijay Bhaskar, director of Centre of Space Medicine, has meanwhile asked citizens not to encourage superstitions associated with the lunar eclipse.

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