A spectacular lunar event is coming next week.
This rare event on January 31 - a blue supermoon - gets rarer still, because there will also be a lunar eclipse. The first supermoon of January occurred on January 1 and the second will fall on January 31.
This full moon is also a supermoon.
The supermoon is when the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit.
- Super moon - The moon's orbit, at perigee, takes it closer to Earth by about 25,000 miles or about 10 percent of the distance between the two bodies. The eclipse will be so slight that viewers may not be able to notice a difference in the moon's appearance. People in the U.S. will have to get up before dawn to see it - while the Middle East and Asia will share the more convenient evening show as Australia and New Zealand.
"The very concept of a Super Moon is an embarrassment to everything else we call super: Supernova, Supercollider, Superman, Super Mario Bros.", he wrote. The moon tends to appear larger to the human eye at this point, although no one really knows why. I watched it appear from behind a line of tall evergreen trees and within minutes the snowy landscape was so brightly lit, it looked as if it were illuminated from within.
Chances are you have used the phrase "once in a blue moon" - but have you ever wondered where it came from?
The term "blue moon" has nothing to do with color.
The name is given to the second full moon in a calendar month. A full moon at perigee - closest to the earth - happens about once per year.
Global map showing areas of the world that will experience (weather permitting) the January 31, 2018 "super blue blood moon". This year, however, we'll be spoiled.
A lunar eclipse can occur only during a full moon.
While some are calling this a "blood moon", the term has a murky definition.
On January 31, the blue moon will coincide with a lunar eclipse and as it does so, it will briefly take on a reddish hue - the blood moon. Obviously, most months have a single full moon except, occasionally, we get two.
In the case of a lunar eclipse, the sunlight that makes it around Earth passes through our atmosphere and is refracted toward the moon. "For those in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand, the "super blue blood moon" can be seen during moonrise in the morning on the 31st".
This lunar eclipse is visible before sunrise in North America, Alaska and Hawaii. "For this eclipse, much of the USA will be racing against sunrise".
If you're not looking to shell out dough for a flight across the country, don't give up hope just yet. Both NASA and the Virtual Telescope Project will stream the eclipse live. Starting at 5:30 a.m. He lives in Ottawa so he will see the moon moving into the shadow just as the moon sets. "The moon is lovely nearly every night in nearly every phase, you don't have to wait for a "supermoon" or a "blue moon" to enjoy it", she said.