Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

'Super Blue Blood Moon' eclipse on January 31 this year

'Super Blue Blood Moon' eclipse on January 31 this year

The rare astronomical event where three special occurrences of the Moon - lunar eclipse, blue moon and supermoon - coincide was last observed 152 years ago in 1866.

But our friends on the West Coast will get the best view of this phenomenon, NASA says. "Set your alarm early and go out and take a look".

A supermoon occurs when a full moon is at its closest distance from the Earth.

If you're looking for something to do beforehand, local naturopath Katherine Dale is hosting a full moon detox event sharing tips on how to live a healthier life including foods to detox on (think ginger shots and raw chocolate moon balls).

Meanwhile, a lunar eclipse happens when the earth s directly between the sun and the moon, blocking sunlight from reaching the moon.

According to the Hong Kong Government, the eclipse will be visible from most places in Hong Kong with an unobstructed view to the east, weather permitting.

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Diana Harris attempted to break down the verse to correspond with the super blue blood moon phenomenon. "Unfortunately, eclipse viewing will be more challenging in the Eastern time zone".

Do I need to wear glasses to watch this Super Blue Moon Eclipse?

The upcoming event is a rare combination of Super Moon, Blue Moon and a Blood Moon which results in a "Super Blue Blood Moon". The moon will emerge completely from the umbra (Earth's shadow) at 7:11 am. This entry is into the lightest part of the shadow, with the moon getting successively darker until 6:48 am where we'll finally see the reddish color. At 4:51 a.m. CST the penumbra - or lighter part of Earth's shadow - will touch the Moon.

Since the Moon orbits Earth in a slightly elliptical path, the distance between the two bodies varies. Just how colorful it appears depends on how clear our planet's atmosphere is at the time; during totality, the moon's appearance can range from a bright-orange color to practically invisible. The first full moon of 2018 was on New Year's Day.

The Cleveland and Bradley County area is in for a rare, three-fold astronomical event on January 31. "Before that an awareness class will be held with an astrophysicist from 4 pm onwards, then after a tea break, the sky observation will begin and the visitors can enjoy the moon after sunset", he said.

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