Natural events that happen once in a decade are exciting, and people watch out for them keenly. Those that occur once in a Jubilee are fascinating, and the world celebrates them. However, those that happen in a century or more are remarkable and extraordinary events. For example, did you know that a super blue blood moon is about to occur on 31 January 2018? The last time it happened was 31 March 1866, which is 151 years ago.
It means this event will be a new experience for everyone on earth regardless of how old they are. As you can now tell, the occurrence of a super blue moon is rare. That might explain why so many people are unaware of what it is. Here is a breakdown of it.
A Blue Moon
We can see the sunlight that reflects from the moon to the earth. However, the revolution of the moon around the earth means that we mostly see a portion of this light from the earth. In fact, we see more of the moon as it moves farther from the sun during its revolution around us.
A full moon occurs when you can see the entire moon because the earth is between it and the sun. At this stage, the moon lies slightly above or below its alignment with the sun. That means the earth will not block the sun’s light from reaching it even though it lies between the two bodies.
Usually, a full moon occurs once in one month. However, a lunar revolution takes 29.5 days to happen while the Gregorian calendar has an average number of 30.42 days in a month. These differences result in a full moon occurring twice in a month every two to three years.
Blue moon is the term used to describe the second full moon in a month.
The moon revolves around the earth in an elliptically. That means the distance from the moon to the earth changes based on where the moon is in this orbit. Sometimes, a full moon occurs when the moon is at its closest distance to the earth. The fully visible moon will appear larger than usual because it is near the earth. The term used to describe the enlarged appearance of the moon at this time is a supermoon. It occurs three to four times each year.
A Blood Moon
The sun hits the earth with its light. The earth, being an opaque object, casts a shadow on anything behind it that is within a given distance. Sometimes the moon finds itself in the heart of this shadow, i.e., it enters into the center of the earth’s umbra. Some light reaches it indirectly, so it appears red. People refer to this appearance as a blood moon. NASA predicts that the earth will experience 3,479 blood moons from 2,000 BC to 3,000 AD. That translates to an average of 0.6958 eclipses each year.
Each of these events is spectacular, and people go to great lengths to see them. However, 31 January 2018 is a special day because all of them will be taking place at the same time. Do not miss it because this event occurs once in a lifetime.
Where and What Times Will the Eclipse Happen Worldwide:
Lunar eclipses can be visible from everywhere on the night side of the Earth, if the sky is clear. From some places, the entire eclipse will be visible, while in other areas the Moon will rise or set during the eclipse
Check out the Super Blue Blood Moon times here
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