Supermoon 2018

India along with North America, Hawaii, the Middle East, Russia, and Australia has witnessed a rare cosmic show by moon today. For the stargazers, the moon was 360,200 kilometers away at the peak of the eclipse, close enough for supermoon status.

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It’s the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse. In India, the eclipse was seen by the people of North-East between 4:21 PM and 5:18 PM.

Rest part of India got a glimpse of this Super Blue Blood moon between 5:18 PM and 6:21 PM.

The eclipse lasted for more than an hour in the country.

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Supermoon in India

Let’s know more about this rare eclipse:

Why is it called #SuperBlueBloodMoon?

Supermoon- When the Moon is at or near its closest point to Earth.

Blue moon- The second full moon in a month

NASA has called it a lunar trifecta: the first super blue blood moon since 1982. That combination won’t happen again until 2028 and the other one in 2037

The second full moon in a calendar month is a blue moon. This one also happens to be an especially close and bright moon or supermoon. Add a total eclipse, known as a blood moon for its red tint, and it’s a lunar showstopper.

The “blood” in the name comes from the reddish brown color the Moon takes on when Earth enters between it and the Sun, cutting off the light rays that usually brighten the lunar surface.

Different countries witnessed it at the different time:

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A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and moon line up perfectly, casting Earth’s shadow on the moon.

The eclipse lasted for more than an hour in the country.

People from Moscow, via Sydney, to Washington DC, will be given a rare celestial treat on Wednesday as three lunar phenomena coincide. Weather permitting, of course.

A blue moon (a second full moon in a calendar month), a supermoon (when the moon is unusually close to Earth, making it bigger and brighter) and a blood moon (a moment during an eclipse when the moon appears red) will all coincide for the first time since 1866.

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Supermoon Australia, Singapore, USA and Pakistan

When to see it:

If you live in the US, you will be able to see the eclipse on the east coast, the eclipse will start just before sunrise at 5.51am US ET, when the super blue moon will begin turning red. It will happen at 4.51am CT and those on the west coast can see it at 2.51am.

Stargazers living in the US will be able to see the eclipse before sunrise on Wednesday, according to Nasa.

For that further east – the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand – the “super blue blood moon” was seen during moonrise in the evening of 31 January, according to Nasa.

In Sydney, Australia, the eclipse began at a more reasonable time of 9.51pm on Wednesday night. That’s 10.51pm in New Zealand, 5.51pm in Shanghai and 12.51pm in Moscow.

How to see it

So long as there is no cloud cover, just look up at the sky!

Most Australian capital cities, while being some of the best places to view the event, have a chance of significant cloud cover, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology told the Guardian. The eastern suburbs of Melbourne look set to get a good view but the western suburbs are likely to get some obscuring cloud cover. Sydney is likely to miss the eclipse due to the cloud, as is Brisbane and Adelaide.

Canberra, Hobart and Darwin could go either way with cloud cover and Perth and Queensland’s central coast are looking set for a good view.

There is a significant risk of clouds obscuring the sky for lots of moon gazers in the US too, with the east coast forecast to have for best conditions.

Readers in Western Europe, most of Africa and Central and Southern America will miss out on the eclipse.

But never fear – for those unable to see the moon directly, several groups are live streaming it, including the Virtual Telescope and the University of Western Sydney.

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To know more about the visibilities around the world just follow the link below:

https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/map/2018-january-31

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Written by muthuhotelsblog

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