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Super Blue Blood Moon 2018: Don’t Miss the First Blue Supermoon Lunar Eclipse for 152 Years

Postby MrFredPFL » Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:02 am

Story : https://www.yahoo.com/news/super-blue-blood-moon-2018-095137997.html





In the early hours of January 31, the moon will do something it hasn’t since 1866. A supermoon, blue moon and lunar eclipse will coincide for a rare and spectacular astronomical feast.

The moon doesn’t orbit the Earth in a perfect circle, which means it sometimes sits closer to our planet than usual. When the moon’s closest approach—or “perigee”—coincides with a full moon, it can look bigger and brighter. This is known as a “supermoon,” but the technical term is “perigee full moon.”

“Blue moon” has come to mean the second full moon in a calendar month. Sadly it doesn’t actually shine blue, but it is an interesting quirk.

If you don’t live in a total eclipse area, you can watch a live stream from the comfort of your home. NASA will broadcast live coverage of the super blue blood moon from 5.30 a.m. ET January 31. The Virtual Telescope Project will follow the event from Australia and the U.S., beaming the eclipse from 6.30 a.m. ET. The VTP will also stream the non-eclipsed super blue moon from Rome starting from 11 a.m. ET.





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