Prepare for a rare celestial trifecta: Super Blue Blood Moon

Posted January 29, 2018

The combination of three lunar phenomenon dubbed the Super Blue Blood Moon will be visible on Jan 31, 2018, between 7pm till midnight. While in earth's shadow, the moon will take a red hew, also known as a "blood moon".

There, they'll be able to see a red moon, or a total lunar eclipse. At that point, you should be able to see the moon slowly take on a reddish hue from the eclipse.

The lunar eclipse will occur at 1.30pm British and Irish time, and the next eclipse won't be visible until July 2018 - so time to keep your eyes peeled.

While a blue moon is no more blue than made of cheese, it represents a quirk in the calendar that gives rise to a second full moon in a single month. You'll have another chance to see a total lunar eclipse on January 21, 2019, which should be visible across the U.S.

More news: Climber rescued on Pakistan peak, another stranded

The phases of the Moon are caused by the changing angle of illumination of the Sun on the surface of the Moon, and have nothing to do with the shadow of the Earth.

If you want in on the action leading up to the total lunar eclipse, pour a cup of coffee, grab a jacket and head out at 4:48 a.m. when the dark core of Earth's shadow, called the umbra, begins sliding across the moon's surface. However, the UAE residents will have only three to four minutes to see the total super moon eclipse.

But it won't be the only type of moon visible that morning. The moon's orbit is not perfectly circular, meaning its distance from Earth varies as it goes through one cycle.

A supermoon happens when the full moon is at a close point in its elliptical orbit around the earth. It just so happens that during the full blue moon this Wednesday it will also turn into a blood moon, as we'll have a near total lunar eclipse. In my opinion, the hype is the result of the large appearance any full moon has when it's close to the horizon around rising and setting times.

More news: Five people killed in shooting at Pennsylvania auto wash

Partial eclipse ends at 7:11 a.m. This is called a "blood moon". This occurs every 29.5 days, when the moon is directly opposite the sun relative to Earth.

He explained that, because of the dust and atmospheric conditions, the moon may appear slightly blue.

In the case of a lunar eclipse, the sunlight that makes it around Earth passes through our atmosphere and is refracted toward the moon.

Dr Vijay Bhaskar, director of Centre of Space Medicine, has meanwhile asked citizens not to encourage superstitions associated with the lunar eclipse.

More news: Meet Australian Open Winner Caroline Wozniacki

Stargazers are in for a rare treat next week that hasn't been witnessed in more than 100 years.