Perhaps many of you know about this, but for those who don’t, today a very rare treat will light up the sky. The Super Blue Blood Moon, a Super moon, a Blue moon and a Blood moon at one and the same time! This is going to be the first total lunar eclipse since 2015, as well as the first Blue Blood Moon visible from the US since 1866. The marvelous cosmic trifecta will happen just before dawn!
But before we all get really excited let’s take a few to know what actually we are seeing and why is it called like that.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon moves directly behind the Earth’s shadow, or umbra, meaning it cannot receive any light from the Sun.
What is a Super moon?
The Super moon is happening when the Moon is close to it’s nearest approach to Earth, appearing larger then usually
What is a Blue moon?
The Blue moon is called the phase when there are two full moons in one month.
What is a Blood moon?
A Blood moon happens because of the the red tint Earth’s shadow casts on the Moon during a lunar eclipse.
The total phase of this lunar eclipse will be visible in large parts of US, northeastern Europe, Russia, Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific, and Australia.
Below is a breakdown of what time totality will occur across the United States (All local times):
- Washington DC – 7.51am to 9.07am
- New York City – 7.51am to 9.07am
- Chicago – 6.51am to 8.07am
- Kansas City – 6.51am to 8.07am
- Denver – 5.51am – 7.07am
- Phoenix – 5.51am – 7.07am
- Los Angeles – 4.51am to 6.07am
- Seattle – 4.51am to 6.07am
You can check the exact hour and the progress of the Total Lunar Eclipse 2018 on the link below. You can also see the Eclipse map and animation:
Check out your exact location on the map, if you will be able to see this beautiful state of the Moon. You can select any location by taping on the map to see the local type, date, and time of the eclipse.
For those of us who won’t be able to see it from their location, there are going to be numerous live streams which will follow the event. Don’t let yourself miss this amazing rare phenomenon.
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