Lunar eclipse set for January 31

Auckland Stardome educator Josh Kirkley says the blood red moon will be about 30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent

The Regional Science Centre and Planetarium in the city is hosting a public viewing event of the eclipse on January 31 from 6.59 p.m.to 9.38 p.m.

Definitely, a once-in-a-lifetime-experience, happening after 152 years.an incredible celestial event is all set to take place on 31 Jan, where a combination of a lunar eclipse, a super moon and a blue moon will take place together, and is described as "A Lunar Trifecta" by NASA. The first occurred on January 2. Since the moon is a supermoon, meaning it's at the closest point to the Earth, it will appear larger, making everything easier to see.

The overshadowing won't be as perceptible to watchers on the East Coast on the grounds that the moon is relied upon to enter just the external piece of Earth's shadow at 5:51 a.m. EST.

The term "blue moon" refers to the second full moon in a single month.

Mitch Lumen at the Evansville Museum said the Tri-State won't have the best view but the blood moon will start to appear at 6 a.m. next Wednesday until sunrise.

It's a combination of three different astronomical events: a total lunar eclipse, supermoon and blue moon. Instead, it will take on a reddish tint as the lunar eclipse takes place.

A supermoon will be visible on January 31 and it's the second one just this month. The short-term changes during the eclipse, observed through thermal cameras, will allow researchers to gather information about the behavior of the very top layer of lunar regolith.

A spectacular total lunar eclipse will accompany this blue moon, shining red across parts of Russia, Canada, Asia and Australia. The only other blue moon for 2018 will happen in March - March 1 and March 31, to be exact.

For the Central and Mountain time zones, NASA says viewers will start to see the rare moon cycle come into view just before 5 a.m. local time and reach the peak of the blood moon eclipse between 6:15 and 6:30 a.m. When the moon is all the way in shadow it doesn't go completely dark; instead, it looks red due to a.

Make sure you see this once-in-a-lifetime view, because it could be hundreds of years before you get the chance to do so again. It is a total lunar eclipse often colored red thanks to light scattering through atmospheric dust, but it's also the subject of stories, speculation and superstitions - take your pick.

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