Published: Wed, January 31, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Super blue blood moon to grace the skies tomorrow

Super blue blood moon to grace the skies tomorrow

A SUPER MOON occurs when the moon is at its closest approach to Earth, making it roughly 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual. That will be the peak of the lunar eclipse and when the moon will have a reddish color. Plan on a photographic moment as the moon rises above the Atlantic's horizon at 5:17 p.m. just before the sun sets at 6 p.m. Tuesday. With the sun, earth, and moon all in ideal alignment, the earth will end up casting a shadow on the moon during the pre-dawn hours on Wednesday morning.

The last time there was a full moon was on New Year's Day and we will have another full moon on Wednesday 31 of this month.

Scientists have labelled Wednesday's event a "celestial trifecta", meaning it's a supermoon, a blood moon and a blue moon all rolled into one.

If the weather condition is excellent, then a citizen of Alaska, Australia, Eastern Asia and Hawaii can enjoy the whole lunar event process.

The moon will reach its fullest at 1327 GMT (6.27pm PST) on Wednesday. As the sunlight gets bent in the Earth's atmosphere, red wavelengths get bent more than blue wavelengths so the blue light goes shooting off out into space and the red light gets bent and actually hits the moon.

'Super blue blood moon' to appear Wednesday
Lunar eclipses happen about twice a year. " Blood moon " refers to a lunar eclipse, where the moon is bathed in a red glow. On the last day of January, the Moon will arrive full moon phase; where it will be the second full Moon during the month.

A blood moon occurs during a lunar eclipse when the Earth passes between the moon and sun, giving the moon a reddish tint. The Jan. 21, 2019 lunar eclipse will be visible throughout all of the US and will be a supermoon, but not a blue moon.

Blue Moon, supermoon and lunar Eclipse - three astronomical phenomena coincide on 31 January for the first time in 150 years.

What is a blue moon? . Of all full moons, only 3 percent are blue moons. Lunar Eclipse occur twice a year but is not necessary that this will occur with the blue moon.

Although all three phenomena are visible to the naked eye, the PAGASA said a view away from city lights will be better.

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