What is a 'super blue blood moon'?

Moon to stage triple show tomorrow

This is the first lunar occultation of the year and is special as it will overlap three different lunar events that include a blue moon, a super moon and a #Blood Moon.

The day will see a lunar eclipse which is also a "Super Blue" moon, making it truly a once in a blue moon event.

Once in a blue moon there's a reason to get up in the middle of the night. Because of the timing of the full moons, February will not have one and March will have two.

On Jan. 2, we had our first full moon of the month, and on Wednesday we'll have a blue moon.

However, we will be able to view a partial lunar eclipse, when part of the moon will take on a slight reddish glow.

If you miss this lunar eclipse, you will have to wait another year for the next chance to see one in North America.

Rick Elphic, a planetary scientist at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, is part of a group studying the moon using instruments aboard the spacecraft called the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

This is when the moon will start to move into the Earth's shadow.




The entire celestial event will be webcast live by global space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) starting at 5:30 a.m. EST (1030 GMT).

The time between full moons is 29.5 days, and the average length of a calendar month is a little more than 30 days. Pacific Time, although the shadow will start appearing on the moon at approximately 3:48 a.m.

APOCALYPSE THEN What is the blood moon prophecy and what were the end times theories? Because of that ellipse shape, every month the moon has a minimum distance to the Earth at just more than 221,000 miles called perigee, and its maximum distance dubbed apogee at almost 253,000 miles from our terrestrial home.

In Paducah, the maximum eclipse will happen at 6:54 a.m., and the moon will be right on or just below the horizon. He said many people are "afraid" of eclipses and believe them to be "bad luck" because of false warnings issued by astrologers, which he said is not science. See whether you can detect the curved edge of the umbra, from which even the ancient Greeks realized that the Earth is spheroidal.

With the sun not shining on the moon, it is going to darken. Despite the name it doesn't have anything to do with the color of the moon.

What's big and blue and red all over?

The phases of the Moon are caused by the changing angle of illumination of the Sun on the surface of the Moon, and have nothing to do with the shadow of the Earth.

A lunar eclipse, however, does involve the shadow of the Earth.

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