Get ready for 'super blue blood moon' (complete with eclipse) January 31

Get ready for 'super blue blood moon' (complete with eclipse) January 31

Get ready for 'super blue blood moon' (complete with eclipse) January 31

"It's just a full moon turning darker so it's very safe to look at", says "backyard astronomer" Gary Boyle.

"A blue moon is the second full moon in a month - the first one was on January 2 - and the blood moon is the lunar eclipse because it appears blood red in colour".

It'll be a long wait for skywatchers in the U.S. as Johnston predicts the next visible lunar eclipse will be on January 21, 2019.

It will start at 5.18pm local time but the total eclipse takes effect at 6.21pm until 7.37pm.

"For a solar eclipse, the moon blocks off the sun, so it's the shadow of the moon hitting on the Earth", said Joshua Ridley, an associate professor of physics at Murray State University. This exceedingly dramatic name is given to the full moon during a total lunar eclipse.

Skywatchers and observers all over the world will have the thrill of their lifetime on Wednesday January 31, when the moon while passing through the earth will record the closest distance and appear as 'Blue moon'. The total eclipse begins at 8.51pm where the public will see the moon completely red with the maximum eclipse phase is at 9.29 pm.

Set your alarms, space fans - if you can drag yourself out of bed next Wednesday, you're in for a treat.

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Each lunar cycle, the moon passes through perigee - the point in its elliptical orbit closest to Earth. The well-known idiom actually refers to the rare instance when there is a second full moon in a calendar month. "Again, you'll have more success if you can go to a high place with a clear view to the West". Since the total eclipse happens right at moonset, it may be hard for people in western Kentucky to see it. The next solar eclipse will be a partial eclipse on October 14, 2023.

Johnston has been following and writing about the Moon since 2004, when he and about 20 colleagues at NASA Headquarters would get together after work during the full moon in "celebratory attire"-which for Johnston meant his signature bow tie".

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.

It makes the moon look a reddish-orange, which is why it is often called a blood moon.

Said Johnston, "I have always been fascinated by the night sky".

The Planetarium will also hold a briefing on the phenomenon, an astro-photography shoot and lunar eclipse prayers. For those in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand, the "super blue blood moon" can be seen during moonrise the evening of the 31st.

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