Super blue blood moon eclipse 2018: What is a supermoon?

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He lives in Ottawa so he will see the moon moving into the shadow just as the moon sets.

Like the Earth, half the moon is illuminated by the sun at any one time. The next time the trifecta occurs where it can be seen in America won't be for half a millennia, until August 31, 2528.

"Because then we're going to see that whole entire eclipse, providing it's clear then", Nichols says. A blue moon is relatively rare, happening about once every two years... but there's nothing about it that makes it really appear blue.

The moon's orbit is tilted by about 5 degrees relative to the Earth's orbit. But twice in each lunar cycle, the moon does cross into our planet's orbital plane.

During a lunar eclipse, there is a sun-Earth-moon alignment.

There are usually a couple of lunar eclipses each year so if you do miss it this time around, the next one will happen on July 27.

A combination of photos show the moon turning a reddish colour during an eclipse in Brussels, Belgium, in 2015.

At 4:51 a.m. CST the penumbra - the lighter part of the Earth's shadow - will touch the moon.

And there you have it: a super blue blood moon. It's like a sunset, where light waves are scattered in different directions by our atmosphere and we see the orange and red light.

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In the case of a lunar eclipse, the sunlight that makes it around Earth passes through our atmosphere and is refracted toward the moon. The usage of this phrase is most likely originated from the celestial event that we call "Blue moon".

On the night of January 31, it doesn't matter what you're doing-you owe it to yourself to gaze at the sky. Although that one will be a supermoon, it won't be a blue moon.

How can New Yorkers best increase their chances of seeing the super blue blood moon?

This latest supermoon, however, is also dubbed a "blue" moon because it will be the second full moon this month.

"Supermoon" is a popular term for what astronomers call a "perigee full moon".

While most of the world will be able to the see the super- and blue moons because it's tied to the eclipse, the odds of also seeing a blood moon depend on where one is.

Visibility of the January 31 lunar eclipse. Stargazers will need to wait until May 18, 2019, for a blue moon that fits this older, original definition.

This supermoon also happens to be the final one in a supermoon trilogy-the first two of which appeared on December 3 and January 1. The moon orbits about once per month, so the supermoon could happen every month. Traditionally, it signaled the third full moon in a season with four full moons.

So, a "supermoon" is when a full moon occurs at the same time as its perigee, the closest point of the moon's orbit with Earth. "This occasional add-on was needed to keep the tradition sequence of names - Wolf Moon, Strawberry Moon, Harvest Moon, and so on - in sync with the calendar". Blue moons happen once every 2.7 years because of a mismatch in the lunar and calendar months.

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