Total lunar eclipse took place yesterday, but this is a special event or what NASA calls a ‘Super Blue Blood moon’. India and several parts of the world witnessed this super moon and total lunar eclipse as well. This lunar trifecta is occurring after many years. The event was visible best in the western half of the US and Canada before the moon sets early, and across the Pacific into Asia as the moon rises tonight.
A blue moon means it is the second full moon to occur in a month; a supermoon means a full moon which is closest to the Earth. It is the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit — known as perigee — and appears about 14 per cent brighter than usual. This is also a total lunar eclipse where Earth casts a shadow on the moon’s surface and blocks the sunlight which the moon would have reflected. However, the satellite takes on a reddish tint, because of how Earth’s atmosphere will allow red wavelengths to pass. Thus it is also called a blood moon.
The Moon rises over a salt evaporation project on Bristol Dry Lake Bristol before becoming a so-called “super blue blood moon” when it becomes totally eclipsed before dawn, on January 30, 2018 near Amboy, California. (AFP)
The moon is seen past tree branches during a lunar eclipse referred to as the “super blue blood moon”, in Singapore on January 31, 2018. (AFP)
This image shows the moon during a lunar eclipse referred to as the “super blue blood moon” in Jakarta on January 31, 2018. (AFP)
The moon is seen during a lunar eclipse referred to as the “super blue blood moon”, in Kolkata on January 31, 2018. (AFP)
People attend the lunar eclipse celebration at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California in the early hours of January 31, 2018, to witness the Super Blue Blood Moon, an event not seen since 1866 where three fairly common lunar happenings occur at the same time. (AFP)
The moon is seen during a lunar eclipse, referred to as the “super blue blood moon”, in Beijing on January 31, 2018. (AFP)
The “super blue blood moon” is seen over Los Angeles, California, on January 31, 2018. Many parts of the globe may catch a glimpse on January 31 of a giant crimson moon, thanks to a rare lunar trifecta that combines a blue moon, a supermoon and a total eclipse. (AFP)
Moon gazers were also treated to a larger than usual moon because it is the third supermoon in NASA’s “Supermoon Trilogy”. According to the American space agency’s boffins, the moon appears up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter today. This is due to the moon reaching its point of perigee, or closest orbital distance to earth.