The Most Spectacular Eclipse of 2018 Is In Less Than a Week

The Most Spectacular Eclipse of 2018 Is In Less Than a Week

The Most Spectacular Eclipse of 2018 Is In Less Than a Week

On Jan. 31, a so-called "Super Blue Blood Moon" is set to appear, as a supermoon, blue moon, and total lunar eclipse become visible at the same time.

This latest supermoon, however, is also dubbed a "blue" moon because it will be the second full moon this month.

While none of the upcoming events-a supermoon, blue moon, or a lunar eclipse-are particularly rare on their own, together they'll make for a handsome night of stargazing and a potent reminder of the multidimensional dance of our home amongst the stars. The term supermoon was coined a few years ago to refer to a full moon that occurs when the moon is near it closest approach to the earth.

In the case of a lunar eclipse, the sunlight that makes it around Earth passes through our atmosphere and is refracted toward the moon.

Psyched about the upcoming super blue blood moon?

"Supermoon" is a popular term for what astronomers call a "perigee full moon".


Blue moons aren't that rare.

Wednesday's eclipse is unusual and more challenging than some because it occurs at dawn for the eastern half of the country with the moon quite low in the western sky. He says that it's important to keep in mind that the moon is a moving object: "It's a balancing act between trying to get the right exposure and realizing that the shutter speed typically needs to be a lot faster". Those in the western U.S.as well as Australia and Asia should have the best views, Aufdenberg said. Still, it is worth looking west early in the day during your morning commute to see if you can spot a glimpse of this rare celestial treat. That is the time when the sun is on one side of Earth and the moon is on the opposite side.

But the total lunar eclipse itself - although a wonderful thing to see - isn't the big deal.

Lunar eclipses happen about twice a year. The moon sets before total eclipse here ME and the entire East Coast.

If you're up for it, you can also always try photographing the moon during the partial eclipse, but for those in Winnipeg and farther east, you'll need to be somewhere high up with an unrestricted view of the horizon. In New Jersey we will see only a small portion of the eclipse. This occurs every 29.5 days, when the moon is directly opposite the sun relative to the earth. The Earth's reddish shadow will be noticeable on the moon by about 6:15 a.m. CST. "Tides that happen when the moon is full and near perigee [occur] about three to four times per year", said Mark Breen, senior meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium. The moon starts entering the Earth's umbra, the darkest part of Earth's shadow, at 4:48 a.m. MST. Because that light is streaming along the Earth's edge at a very shallow angle, the greens and blues are scattered away, leaving only reds and oranges to spill into the shadow cone.

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