'Super Blue Blood Moon' to light up skies in Pakistan on Wednesday
- Author: Joe Gonzales Jan 31, 2018,
Jan 31, 2018, 4:14
The moon turns "blue" on the second occurrence of a full moon in a calendar month.
That makes the moon appear unusually large in the sky.
If the weather cooperates, she suggests those hoping to see the whole ordeal should get to their viewing spot by 5:45 a.m.
NASA will be live-streaming the trifecta for those outside the United States, where stargazers on the west coast will get the best view. A total lunar eclipse - or blood moon for its reddish tinge - has the moon completely bathed in Earth's shadow.
The super blue blood moon will start at 10.48pm AEDT and run until 1.07am on Thursday morning, while in South Australia it will start and finish 30 minutes earlier. The Moon is also super - meaning it's the closest it gets to Earth in its orbit. Taking in the lunar eclipse on a lakeside or hilltop is ideal. Residents won't be able to see the final stages after about 6 a.m. because the moon will sink below the horizon.
Host of London Morning, Julianne Hazlewood, spoke with Andrew Fazekas, a science journalist who's also known as the Night Sky Guy, about what to expect.
For Denver, the eclipse will start around 3:51 a.m., but the show will really begin at 4:48 a.m., when the moon enters earth's penumbra (the outer part of its shadow), according to space.com. Like sunsets, when sunlight passes through Earth's atmosphere, blue light is scattered while red light is bent into Earth's shadow - meaning the lunar surface is lit by the diffuse glow of Earth's sunsets. The partial eclipse will end at 7:11 a.m. The last time in 1866 and the next will be January 31, 2037.
If you don't feel like going outside to watch the eclipse or if there's too much cloud cover where you live, NASA is hosting a live stream of the celestial event on NASA TV and at www.nasa.gov beginning at 5:30 a.m. ET.
Website Unsealed writes: "If the Great American Eclipse was the darkened sun piece of the puzzle, perhaps this blood moon is the missing piece, which could mean the Day of the LORD begins soon, perhaps even this year".