Coming Next Week: Super Blue Blood Moon

Blue Moon to appear over Qatar sky on January 31

With that being said, the event is still very rare. Ever wonder where the expression "Once in a blue moon" comes from? All lunar eclipses are perfectly safe to watch from start to finish, so have at it with eyeballs, binoculars and telescope.

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 lovely night of stargazing and a potent reminder of the multidimensional dance of our home amongst the stars. "The moon will appear copper-reddish in colour". In literature it first showed up around 1600 England during the time of William Shakespeare.

And the "blood moon" business? The synodic period of the moon, or the total time of the phase cycle, is 29.5 days. In the article, he misinterpreted the definition of the blue moon as an extra full moon in a calendar month. The a year ago to have two blue moons was 1999. the next is 2037.

The term "blue moon" has nothing to do with color. While it will be a supermoon, it won't be a blue moon. Since the moon's orbit is slightly elongated, its distance from the Earth changes by about 10 percent. The Blue Moon occurs once in every 2.7 years.

A supermoon is simply when the moon is full while it's also closest to Earth.

If you've got a good imagination, the best view would be from the moon, he says. The super blue moon will pass through Earth's shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. This can only happen during a full moon when our planet lies in a line between the sun and moon. That is the time when the sun is on one side of Earth and the moon is on the opposite side. The institute also said the colour of the moon depends on the nature and quantity of the dust particles, water droplets and aerosols present in the earth's atmosphere during the time. Not this time though. Californians will see the umbral eclipse starting at 3:48 a.m.

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Total eclipse ends at 6:08 a.m.

However, those who are disappointed should be over the moon on January 20, 2019, when Daytona will be in a prime position to see a super blood moon.

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. Back in 1979 astrologer Richard Nolle coined the term "super moon" which has now become widely used and loved. That is a well-known illusion called the moon illusion. Though the moon whirls around Earth at an average distance of almost 239,000 miles, it doesn't orbit in a ideal circle. At least those are the values I have seen comparing the closest point (perigee) and furthest point (apogee).

On winter nights the Earth faces away from the center of the Milky Way and toward its bright spiral arm. January's first full moon rose the first night of the month, and was also a big, bright supermoon. In my book at least I wouldn't exactly call that super, but who am I to get in the way of media hype! Same moon, just looks a little larger than normal.

So there you have it!

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