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What you need to know about Super Blue Moon eclipse 2018

28 January, 2018, 00:48 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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Though not uncommon separately, this is the first time all three will happen at the same time since 1866, according to NASA. "As we reach totality, we see that blood red color". In addition, it also occurs during a lunar eclipse. But instead of the moon slipping between the Earth and sun, the much more common lunar eclipse takes place when the moon passes through Earth's shadow, turning the moon a dusky red. Most beautifully, as the eclipse begins, we will see the Earth's shadow, the curve of the planet edging itself onto the surface of the moon. That's known as a "blood moon".

Secondly, it is the second full moon of the month.

The supermoon is when the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit. As it goes through the Earth's shadow, the moon actually does appear to have a reddish hue because of the way light bounces off dust particles in the atmosphere.

The moon's orbit is tilted by about 5 degrees relative to the earth's orbit. Although that one will be a supermoon, it won't be a blue moon. "If last month's Full Moon were a 16.0 inch pizza, then this month's "Super" moon would be 16.1 inches". It only corresponds to about a 10 percent difference in size. There's nothing to worry about if you find yourself enthralled and staring up into the sky for a very long time.

All right, so we have our blue moon. 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?). Because the moon's orbit is inclined to Earth's orbit and Earth's shadow at the moon's distance only covers a little bit of sky (just 2.5 degrees), the full moon nearly always misses the target, sliding either above it or below it.

The supermoon competes with seasonal lights in Wells, England, on January 1. But this is not your typical full moon.

What is a blue moon?

This can be exacerbated by particles in the atmosphere, such as a volcanic eruption.

Why is this such a big deal?

Blue light is scattered, leaving only red. Though the moon whirls around Earth at an average distance of almost 239,000 miles, it doesn't orbit in a flawless circle. What's not to be fascinated by? Weather permitting we will have a great view of one here in New Jersey next year.

The eclipse will happen just before sunrise. Starting at 5:30 a.m. The umbra is the dark inner part, where the orb of the Earth completely blocks the sun from view. That means there were people who lived and died on this Earth without ever having had a chance to see this phenomenon, which won't reappear again for another decade. The western states will see the entire event.

Yes, I'll see it for a bit, from my front yard.

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