Rare 'super blue blood moon' to be visible in Dubai next week

Bob King

As Physics goes, during an eclipse, the moon should actually not be visible and should be black in colour as it remains behind the earth's shadow.

The Moon will put on quite the show at the end of the month, as a very rare, "super blue blood moon" will appear in the skies on January 31. Those on the east coast will only get a partial eclipse as the moon will set behind the horizon before totality.

The event will start in the early hours on January 31 and last into the morning of February 1. The event will coincide with a total lunar eclipse, which is called a "blood moon" because of the reddish color people see during the eclipse.

Will you be outside waiting to see the "super blue blood moon"? Its two definitions are used nearly interchangeably - as the third full moon in a season that has four full moons, or the second full moon in a calendar month - and it has absolutely no correlation to the colour of the moon.




Those on the West Coast of the United States, as well as residents of Alaska and Hawaii, will have a great view of the event from start to finish.

A "Supermoon" is generally defined when the moon is slightly closer to the Earth and appears slightly larger in the sky (although this is hard to see with the naked eye.) A "Blue Moon" is when there's a second full moon in a month.

"So if you live in Kansas City or Chicago, your best viewing will be from about 6:15 until 6:30 a.m.", said Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The eclipse will begin while most people are still in bed at 3:48 a.m. So, we will not have the best viewing conditions here in Mid-Michigan, but we'll be able to see some portions of moonset, which will happen around 7 a.m.

For those living in the western part of the USA, you will have an entire hour to view the lunar event. Pacific Time will be the best time to view the eclipse.

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