THE RARE SUPER BLOOD BLUE MOON

 

The phenomenon has come once again since 1866. It has left many people jaw dropped to see the moon closer but with much more to it, a blue moon (a second full moon in a calendar month, blood moon (a moment when the moon appears red during a solar eclipse), and super moon (when the moon is closer to the earth, making it brighter and larger) all occurring at the same time. However, due to the way the eclipse had occurred, citizens of Western Europe, Most of Africa, and Central and Southern America missed out on the rare lunar event. The moon appeared to be 30 percent larger and 14 percent lighter than usual and the most exceptional view of the moon was seen in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Russia, Australia and Nothern America.

Thousands of people gathered on high spots to witness the spectacular eclipse as the sun, moon, and earth aligned together for approximately 1 hour and 16 minutes. According to the NASA the moon was at its closest orbit to earth as it was 223,068 miles from earth and usually it is 238, 855 miles away.

 

Image provided by NASA.

Scientists are interested in the fact that this is all coinciding with a total lunar eclipse and for that reason it is named the blood moon. Day said, “As the moon makes this close, full moon approach to the earth, It is going to pass through the earth’s shadow and the earth’s shadow is going to cause the moon to appear a deep red color.”

“You’ve got this wonderful combination” Said Day. “Its just loading up the plate with all the wonderful things the moon can show us.”

 

The eclipse started according to space.com at 5:51 am EST (105 GMT) when the moon began to enter the outer portion of earth’s shadow which is the phenomena known as the penumbra. During the penumbral stage of the eclipse, which had lasted for an hour, the moon began to darken as the shadow slowly moved across the surface.

The moon began to enter the darker, inner portion of earth’s shadow, or umbra- at 6:48 a.m. ET (1148 GMT). This stage of the eclipse which is known as a partial eclipse is when the moon began to appear red. The sunlight scattered in the earth’s atmosphere is what caused the red color.

By 7:51 a.m EST (1251 GMT), the moon was totally submerged in earth’s umbral shadow which marked the beginning of the total lunar eclipse.

It is amazing how it has happened once again after more than 150 years. Many skywatchers are “over the moon” for this event. The first country to capture a glimpse at the eclipse was Australia- from there, slowly it crossed around the world.

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