Matadors witness rare total lunar eclipse from campus

Posted February 03, 2018

Millions of people across the Chinese capital were treated to a "super blue blood moon" eclipse on a cold but clear night on Wednesday, a phenomenon not seen since the late Qing dynasty more than 150 years ago.

Aroha Wakefield in Rotorua was able to catch the moon unobstructed as it rose over the horizon.

Many organizations across the country stepped in to enhance the show which was also visible to the naked eye. However, this lunar eclipse is unusual, because it happened on both a blue moon and a super moon, Greenhouse said. The January 31 sighting of a "blue Moon" and a total lunar eclipse occurred in India for the first time after 1982.

"The moon is one of the most unbelievable objects in our solar system", Petro said.

Wednesday's moon will be the second closest of 2018 after the one on January 1.

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The reddish appearance of the lunar surface - the moon did not entirely disappear from view during the eclipse - was caused by rays of sunlight passing through Earth's atmosphere as the moon fell into our planet's shadow.

In a lunar eclipse there is a sun-Earth-moon alignment, during which the Earth refracts, or bends, light from the sun - and only red is left.

A Super Blue Blood Moon rises behind the Camlica Mosque on January 31, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Moon-gazers gathered in planetariums in Delhi, Pune, Kolkata and elsewhere for a guided observation of the rare treat.

A blue moon happens when there are two full moons within a single calendar month.

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The eclipse, according to Nasa, will be "extra special" for those in the USA and other parts of the world such as the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand, where the Blue Moon will coincide with a total lunar eclipse.

"The lunar eclipse would give scientists a special opportunity to study the Moon using the astronomer's equivalent of a heat-sensing, or thermal camera", NASA said in a statement earlier.

While the Eastern part of the Earth slept watching the Supermoon, most people in the West pulled an all-nighter to watch the moon go red.

An nearly full moon is seen through the clouds over Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. The first supermoon of 2018 took place on New Year's Day and was previously described by NASA as the "biggest and brightest" one expected for the entire year. Blue wavelengths are scattered away, leaving primarily those at the red end of the spectrum, giving a rusty glow to the moon.

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