A unique phenomenon that humans will be able to observe "blood moon"

05 January, 2018, 13:13 | Author: Rosa Wright
  • Comparison of full moon

The moon, which lies 385,000km away, guides life on Earth by creating its tidal rhythm and moderating the planet's axis and stabilising the climate.

Filipinos will be treated to spectacular celestial shows this month with the appearance of a blue moon and supermoons, meteor showers and a lunar eclipse, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

The wolf moon glows behind a dog-shaped lantern in Dalian, Liaoning province, China, on January 1. For the first time since 1866, a total lunar eclipse will occur with the blue moon, or second full moon of the month, which-like the one visible on New Year's Day-will also be a supermoon. On average they occur once every two and a half years. The "blood moon" is named for this color. The moon will appear bigger and brighter in the sky. Secondly, the moon will be a supermoon.

If you miss this total eclipse, you'll have to wait until the Blue Moon passes through Earth's umbra again on December 31, 2028 and again on January 31, 2037, which isn't 150 years from now but is still a fairly long wait to see something so cool.

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Once in a blue moon?

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For people in areas where it will be visible, the moon will look red as a result of all of the world's sun events reflecting off its surface; the appearance that netted it the nickname, blood moon. A blue moon is a second full moon in a calendar month.

Alaska, Hawaii and parts of western US will experience the full eclipse. "Folks in the eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it", said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center on the agency's website.

The moon is going to be a spectacular sight on January 31. "But it's another great chance to watch the moon". This usually happens about every 2.7 years, though because February has only 28 days, a number of regions will get another blue moon in March 2018. "Often cast in a reddish hue because of the way the atmosphere bends the light, totally eclipsed moons are sometimes called 'blood moons'".

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