What is rare is that they're happening all together on one day. With the sun's light no longer directly reflecting from the moon's surface, scattered sunlight from the Earth falls on the moon, transforming it from white to blood-red in appearance. "It is fascinating to see the partial phase progress across the face of the moon, and the color of the moon during totality is both lovely and kind of eerie". But the "umbra" phase, simply put.when the Earth's body itself starts creating a shadow.doesn't begin until 4:48 a.m., and then continues well past 7 a.m. If you can't go out to see it, or clouds obscure your view, NASA TV plans to broadcast the entire event. In fact, the display only occurs about once every 2 and a half years. Still, the one Wednesday, Jan. 31, may be worth your while.
The moon's orbit is tilted by about 5 degrees relative to the earth's orbit. "We will have telescope sessions, where people can look at planets and their moons if time permits", said Prof Ravinder Banyal of IIA. As the moon passes through the shadow of the Earth, it takes on a unique red tint. The eclipse will be visible before sunrise on January 31 for those in North America.
The upcoming event is now being called the "super blue blood moon", and every aspect in this title is technically correct.
What is a super blue blood moon?
The next lunar eclipse that can be viewed by Canadians coast to coast is January 21, 2019. Let's take on one moon moniker at a time.
But if you remove the blue moon element, which is just an effect of how we've structured our calendar, "Super Blood Moons" aren't all that rare.
So what's a blue moon in the first place?
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Any time there are two full moons in the same month, the second is considered a blue moon. Weirdly, this March also has two full moons so we are in a year with double blue moons! But that means that the next month, February, is without a full moon. So what you'll see Wednesday is a super blue blood moon - the first in 150 years.
NASA says after this, the "super blue blood moon" won't happen again until December 2047.
The long-term forecast for January 30 and 31 is partially sunny with a few showers.
A series of blood moons in 2014 and 2015 caused some religious leaders to predict the end of the world was nigh.
"A supermoon tends to be seven to 13 per cent larger than average", says Glen Nagle, the Education and Public Outreach Manager of the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. At its closest point it is about 225,000 miles away.
Because full moon nights that are windless and clear are ideal for spotting owls on the hunt, I wanted to head outside and snowshoe.
This happened with our full moon earlier this month on January 1 and will again on January 31. The distinction is usually hard to notice unless you're looking at two pictures side by side. Experiment with different exposures by checking your camera's rear display screen until you get the right balance of light between the fading moon and brightening foreground scene.