Rare 'super blue blood moon' coming Wednesday

Rare 'super blue blood moon' coming Wednesday

Rare 'super blue blood moon' coming Wednesday

Early Wednesday morning there will be a total lunar eclipse and we'll have the best view here on the west coast. Such phenomenon happens when the Earth comes in between Sun and the Moon. With this definition our next blue moon is in March, leaving February with no full moon this year. The second one will happen in July but Florian said it won't be visible in North America.

This moon is pretty blue and super. Because of the eclipse, however, this particular moon will appear dimmer. However, the moon, itself, does not actually change colours.

The Earth's atmosphere will filter out nearly all of the visible light, which is all the colors of the rainbow, except for orange and red, which is why the moon will appear reddish-orange.

Keep in mind that during a lunar eclipse, half of the Earth still is receiving sunlight.

The Virtual Telescope Project will also live stream the eclipse with source material in Australia and the United States beginning 6:30 a.m. EST (1130 GMT) until 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT). Similar to sunrises and sunsets, the moon will start turning red as the eclipse continues and it gets closer to setting.

While none of these events is particularly unusual on its own - and though the result will add up to little more than a glorified eclipse - scientists say the trifecta may be a once-in-a-lifetime affair in North America.

Residents can register for the event by Dubai Astronomy Group at https://www.q-tickets.com/.

The Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit is not planning any public observations of the lunar eclipse, since it is occurring in the wee hours when it is hard to find an appropriate venue with parking and restroom facilities that is open. A blood moon gets its name because, during a lunar occultation, the moon gets a reddish tint due to the Rayleigh scattering.

A supermoon happens when the full moon is at a close point in its elliptical orbit around the earth.

What is a super moon?

This will be the first time in 150 years that a blue moon also coincides with a total lunar eclipse.

That entirely depends on where you live. The first supermoon of the month appeared on 1 January, which was the second member of a trilogy that started with last month's supermoon and will end with the one on 31 January.

Residents will have only three minutes to see the total super moon eclipse, however, the entire process of the moon exiting the eclipse will be for an hour.

According to NASA, viewing here in the central time zone will be a bit better than those on the east coast.

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